The Coutts/Cayard announcement of a World Sailing League, which will use specially designed 70ft catamarans and be held at premier sailing locations around the world topped the news last week.
These will be transported in a specially built ship to the venues. A cheque for $2 million to the winner.
It will be interesting to see what interest there is in fleet racing 70ft catamarans around the cans.
More down to earth, LDC have announced they will enter the RS800 in the ISAF trials for a potential Womens double-hander at the 2012 Olympics.
RS800 goes for ISAF Olympic Trials By Sail-world UK, An updated version of the RS800 asymmetric, two man trapeze dinghy has been doing the rounds to find out the reaction of the present owners. Although the class have not yet voted on the changes to the hull, LDC Racing Sailboats have entered the RS800 in its modified form in the upcoming ISAF Women’s High Performance Dinghy Trial in April. This is the first stage of choosing a possible new trapeze boat for women in the 2012 Olympic Games... [more]
Leaders hold at Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland By Jodie Perkins, All of last night’s overnight leaders retain their top spots in the Olympic classes at Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland after day three of racing. The ISAF Grade 1 regatta being sailed on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour concludes tomorrow.... [more]
Fireballs heading East for 2007 Nationals By Media PR, For the first time in many years the 2007 Fireball National Championships will be held on the east coast of England at Brightlingsea. The region is known as 'the sunshine coast' and is renowned for its long sunny days and low rainfall. For sailors the easterly facing land mass regularly provides afternoon sea breezes of 15 to 20 knots – perfect Fireball sailing conditions!... [more]
Endurance sailing for Velux 5 Oceans fleet By Tim Kelly, Bernard Stamm (SUI) powers past the Falkland Islands at top speed - Kojiro Shiraishi (JPN) back racing as the high pressure finally leaves him alone - Sir Robin Knox-Johnston (GBR) makes up ground in gale force conditions - Graham Dalton (NZL) feeling confident down south and looking to pass Unai Basurko (ESP)... [more]
Laura Baldwin tops Radial at Sail Auckland By Jodie Perkins, Laura Baldwin (GBR) is top in the Women’s Laser Radial, sitting in fifth overall after the opening day of the open event in the Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland Regatta. The men have the top spots on the open Laser Radial leader board on the first day with all 42 Radial sailors sailing in one fleet... [more]
Bids start here for 2012 Olympics contracts By Media, Up to 2,000 contracts for delivery during the London 2012 Olympic games and Paralympic Games will be placed on a new website by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA). Dozens of ‘Future Opportunities’ can be viewed from Friday at the london2012 website giving advance notice of contracts ranging from work designing sports venues and landscaping to providing occupational health services and logistical support to construction projects.... [more]
$2 Million to the winner of Coutts/Cayard League By Media PR, Russell Coutts and Paul Cayard have teamed up with Portuguese sports promoter, João Lagos, to create a new annual global sports series. The World Sailing League (WSL) will use specially designed 70ft catamarans and be held at premier sailing locations around the world with the series winner receiving a cheque for $2 million... [more]
Images from Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland Day 1 By Sail-World, Images from Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland Day 1 - 470, 420, Laser and Laser Radial... [more]
World Class Racing at Miami Beach By Jeanne Kleene, The 2007 Acura Miami Grand Prix (March 8–11) will feature renewed rivalries that originated last January during Acura Key West 2007. Warm Florida ocean waters and hot South Beach nightlife are drawing grand prix programs from around the world and across the U.S.... [more]
Coutts to Sponsor Quarter Ton Class By Fiona Brown, The Royal Corinthian Yacht Club Cowes has led the Quarter Ton revival and today the Club is delighted to announce a three year sponsorship deal for leading international private bank Coutts to support the Quarter Ton Class for the 2007 to 2009 seasons... [more]
Mystery of the Missing IT Scientist By My Fox WGHP, The Coast Guard searched the waters off San Francisco Northern California on Wednesday for an award-winning computer scientist missing since a weekend sailing trip to scatter his mother's ashes at sea.... [more]
Germany I under full sails By Oliver Laskowsky, The team is preparing for the Louis Vuitton Act 13 and the Louis Vuitton Cup, which will start in April. 'At the moment we are maximising our possibilities. The team is highly concentrated and I am very happy', says skipper Jesper Bank.... [more]
JPMorgan Asset Management Winter Challenge Series By Myrrh Walker, A battle royale is expected to ensue over three days (9-11 February) at round six of the JPMorgan Asset Management Winter Challenge Series. With a strong international field, including rivals Ian Williams, and Frenchman Mathieu Richard, who will be hoping to secure his place in the grand final at Queen Mary Sailing Club, Staines... [more]
BlackMatch takes Sir James Hardy Cup By David Swete, Today was the final day of racing for us and consisted of a best of three semi final, followed by a best of five final. Racing was postponed this morning for 3 hours due to lack of breeze. A 10-15 knot southerly came in early this afternoon and we were underway! As we had qualified top of the table we had the choice of who to race in the semi final.... [more]
BMW Oracle suffers mast damage in Hauraki Gulf By BMW Oracle media, USA 71, one of BMW ORACLE Racing’s America’s Cup Class yachts, today suffered some damage to the mast while in a race training session on the Hauraki Gulf. No one on board was hurt and the damaged rig remained intact in the yacht and was towed safely back to the team’s base in the Viaduct.... [more]
New Open 60 for Artemis Ocean Racing team By Camilla Green, The Artemis Ocean Racing team will be building a state of the art Open 60, designed by Rogers Yacht Design Ltd this year. The plans for the new boat, which is being built to compete in the 2008 Vendée Globe, are currently well underway. The new Open 60 is scheduled to be launched in early January 2008... [more]
Stamm rounds Cape Horn with 1,800 mile lead By Media, Mid-evening UTC yesterday, Velux 5 Oceans race leader, Bernard Stamm, rounded Cape Horn after 23 days of racing in Leg 2 - 'I was only two miles away from the Horn this time,' he said in a call to the race organisation this morning, 'it was during daylight, the end of afternoon. It was really windy and the sea was big, but it was still quite clear, so I managed to see it properly.'... [more]
The Mansura Trophy - Have You Got the Answer? By Peta Stuart-Hunt, The newly created Mansura Perpetual Challenge Trophy has been donated as the premier prize for an international competition, launched today, recognising innovation in the design, development and operation of marine vessels with hybrid or all-electric propulsion systems... [more]
National 12 Assoc launch new boat database By Media, The National Twelve Owners Association announce the launch of a new boat database at national12.org and the extension of the on-line census until 11 March. This is also a chance to win a great Gill jacket... [more]
John Merricks Tiger Trophy at Rutland Sailing Club By Sail-World UK, Light winds with brilliant sunshine provided fantastic spectating of the close racing as over 150 dinghies took part in the 2007 John Merricks Tiger Trophy sailed at Rutland SC last weekend. Winners were Martin Hunter with Simon McCarthy and Jamie Stewart sailing a Thames A Rater... [more]
Images from the NZ 470 Nationals By Sail-World, Geoff Woolley and Mark Overington have taken the New Zealand 470 title after all racing was abandoned today due strong winds. The Nationals were staged very close to Takapuna Beach on Monday in an onshore breeze, allowing spectators an excellent view of the racing, and Sail-World to be able to take these shots from the shore... [more]
Rumblings in Challengers' camp? By Challengers Commission and Sail-World, The Challengers Commission has published the following media statement, following the recent Challengers Meeting. The main points of contention seem to be in the provision of the South bases which affect Emirates Team New Zealand, and the television coverage of the event. Points of interest are in the banning of use of extras during the pre-start and the continued use of umpire to competitor communication... [more]
Why DO Keels Fall Off? By Sail-World Cruising, An investigation is being launched into an English Channel yachting tragedy in which a man died on Saturday. The crewman was believed to be in his twenties, said the police. Four other crew were rescued in a major operation when the 35 ft Solent-registered yacht, Hooligan V, capsized off the south Devon coast after losing its keel.... [more]
Mark Downer wins Illusion Match Racing Championship By Vernon Stratton, It was ideal Global warming weather over the weekend at Bembridge for the Bembridge SC's annual Illusion Match Racing Championships. There was sunshine for two days and a gentle breeze flicking between North and North East... [more]
War canoe takes fight to Valencia By The New Zealand Herald, The taua waka (war canoe) Te Ika a Maui will ply the waters once sailed by the Spanish Armada when it arrives in Valencia to take part in a number of events for the America's Cup... [more]
Yngling Gold for GBR at US North Americans By Sail-World UK, The North American Championships for Olympic classes were completed over the weekend with the Finn and Laser Radial classes taking place at the Lauderdale YC, Fort Lauderdale - and the Yngling and 49er events at the US Sailing Center, Miami from the 1 to 4 February... [more]
V5 out, Outsider leads Round North Island Race By Sail-World, The Andrews 52, V5 (Simon Hull), has withdrawn from the Round the North Island Race after hitting an unidentified object around 0200hrs this morning (Monday 5th January). The contact left the yacht’s canting keel hanging by just one pin. Her crew fired off a flare to which the Bakewell-White 52, Wired, responded and they stood by V5 until the Hokianga Coastguard took over, and escorted her over the Hokianga Bar , and into the safety of the harbour.... [more]
Windy weather for Seawind F18 World Championships By Rob Kothe, With monsoonal rains hitting the North Queensland coast last week and a cyclone threatening, the south easterly trade winds are pumping on the Capricorn Coast and this means booming sailing conditions for the upcoming Seawind F18 World Championship.... [more]
8th Philippine Hobie Challenge sets sail By Event Media, The eighth edition of Philippine Hobie Challenge, Asia’s premier extreme sailing tournament, unreels in an action–packed week from Zambales to Palawan starting today, Feb. 4 –10.... [more]
Stamm v Knox-Johnston - Has the ISAF planted any Trees? By Gerald New, UK Editor, There could be no better example of the contrasting conditions and attitudes in the Velux 5 Oceans race than that of Bernard Stamm and Sir Robin Knox-Johnstone. - - - I am sure that the ISAF delegates will be busy calculating how many trees they need to plant before they jet off to Paris... [more]
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