With the glare of publicity fading the new Coutts/Cayard WSL circuit is beginning to raise questions. The major one for me has to be the choice of 70ft catamarans for the event.
Watching catamaran racing has never had the cut and thrust of good monohull fleet racing. They have the outright speed which makes them ideal for specialist point to point events; fleet racing round the cans in catamarans tends to be long tacks to the corners, with little interaction. But close tactical racing?
The Extreme 40 catamaran circuit run in conjunction with the last Volvo has set up a European circuit for 2007, the Ishares Cup, with events in Germany, Holland, France and the UK. These will be a three day format with one day of racing over short windward/leeward courses as close as possible to the spectators.
The WSL circuit is a much grander project, and the boats will require a lot more room to perform in, taking them away from the spectators and relying on television to present the action, something it has never managed with sailing, except perhaps with the 18ft Skiffs, where the thrills are in the spills.
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston to to make another Pit Stop for repairs to his weather instruments. Hope he checks some of the other niggling items that seem to have plagued his race.
Enjoy the sailing news
Light winds delay Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta By Media Pro Int'l, Principal Race Officer Peter 'Luigi' Reggio, together with the St Petersburg YC Race Committee, made the call to abandon racing and wait an hour for the light breeze to build into suitable racing conditions. Some of the 17 competing one-design classes saw new names on top of the results board, while other classes continue to be led by the same names... [more]
Barkow to sail for USA at 2008 Olympics in Qingdao By Media, The USA Yngling team - Team Cronin (Carol Cronin, Kim Couranz and Margaret Podlich) - has withdrawn from the USA Olympic qualification process. This means that Team Seven (Sally Barkow, Carrie Howe, and Debbie Capozzi) will represent the US at the 2008 Olympics in Qingdao, China... [more]
Day 2 - JJ Giltinan International 18ft Skiffs By Frank Quealey, Euan Mc Nicol and his Club Marine crew of Scott Babbage and Cameron McDonald won a controversial Race 2 of the SLAM-Winning Appliances JJ Giltinan International 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today... [more]
75 Years of X Boats Sailing at Itchenor By Alan Perry, The 75th Anniversary of the first race for X boats at Itchenor Sailing Club in Chichester Harbour takes place on Sunday 6 May 2007. The Class has raced continuously throughout this period at Itchenor, apart from a short gap in the war years... [more]
Images from Seawind F18 Worlds at Yeppoon By Rob Kothe, A 5.7 metre King tide made off the beach made launching interesting this morning. Look at the latest Andrea Francolini images.... [more]
Marathon race for Seawind F18’s By Rob Kothe, A flurry of activity in the Rydges Capricorn F18 boat park at Yeppoon Queensland, as a 40 foot container was unloaded to cheers and claps after a marathon 4,300 kilometre road dash across Australia. A happy ending to a nightmare shipping saga for Seawind F18 Worlds event organisers and seven racing crews.... [more]
Sir Robin to Pit Stop in Argentina By RKJ, I am going to pull in to Ushuaia, the southernmost port in Argentina. I don't want to stop, I'm into a good routine, but have thought it through and this is the right move... [more]
JJ Giltinan International 18ft Skiff Championship By Frank Quealey, Australian champions Micah Lane, Jack Macartney and Drew Waller started their challenge for the SLAM JJ Giltinan Championship in great style when they brought their skiff Macquarie Real Estate home a narrow winner in Race 1 of the regatta on Sydney Harbour today.... [more]
Pollard (GBR) leads opening day at Florida NOOD By Event Media, On the opening day of the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta in St Petersburg, Fla, wild weather conditions proved a challenge for the record 195 boats competing. John Pollard, of Torquay, England, won all three races in the 44-boat fleet Melges 24 and leads the regatta by four points, the blustery, chilly conditions on Tampa Bay felt a lot like home. 'It was very similar,' he said... [more]
Coral Sea classic for Seawind F18's By Rob Kothe, The Formula 18 Catamaran Class has never held a World Championship outside Europe, today Australian race organisers were warmly welcoming sailors from more than a dozen countries to the 2007 Seawind F18 World Championships 'down under.'... [more]
Knox-Johnston into third place By Media, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston (GBR) takes third place from Unai Basurko (ESP) - Kojiro Shiraishi (JPN) frustrated and sailing nowhere fast - Bernard Stamm (SUI) four days away from the Doldrums... [more]
JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship - Invitation By Frank Quealey, Defending Champion Michael Coxon and his Fiat skiff crew of Aaron Links and Nathan Ellis took the victory in today’s Invitation Race to the Slam-Winning Appliances JJ Giltinan International 18ft Skiff Championship, the 2007 World 18 footer championship on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
GUL RS400 Winter Championships By RS Media, Twentytwo boats started in the GUL RS400 Winter Championship at Bristol Corinthian YC, won by Paul and Michael Allen from Leigh & Lowton SC... [more]
America's Cup Hall of Fame 15th Induction By Media services, The America's Cup Hall of Fame announces selection of two significant sailing leaders for induction into the Hall of Fame. Laurie Davidson (New Zealand) and Bruno Trouble (Paris, France), have been named as the 2007 inductees to the America's Cup Hall of Fame.... [more]
World Sailing Speed Records ratified By ISA media, The World Sailing Speed Record Council announces the ratification of the following Speed Sailing Record - Kitesail Nautical Mile - Outright World Record Women's Kitesail - Women's Nautical Mile World Record... [more]
Basilica Team Greenhalgh prepares for F18 Worlds By Becky Hayes, The Basilica sponsored crew of Robert and Peter Greenhalgh is in final preparation for the 2007 Seawind F18 World Titles in Australia, the first to be held outside of Europe. Former ABN AMRO helmsman and Volvo Ocean Race winner Robert Greenhalgh and his brother Peter are using the days running up to the F18 racing, to get to grips with their Basilica-sponsored Capricorn Catamaran and the racing conditions along the central Queensland coast.... [more]
First Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta of 2007 By Media, While most of the country is preparing for a winter storm this week, over 1500 sailors are headed to Florida for the Sperry Top-Sider National Offshore One Design Regatta, in St Petersburg, USA... [more]
Lewmar Introduces New Size 99 Carbon Winch By Julie Turner, One of these new winches is the GP 99, especially developed to offer powerful, lighter weight, yet flexible trimming solutions on the very latest VO70’s and Open 60’s. The 99 will also make its debut as a Primary and Mainsheet winch on the new Juan K designed IRC Bounder, due for launch this March... [more]
Voller Energy up for Best of British Industry Award By Media PR, Voller Energy PLC, the manufacturer of portable fuel cells, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Best of British Industry Awards 2006. Voller was shortlisted for the Next Generation Award. This award recognises companies that have made a deliberate investment in the development of their staff, focusing on the attraction and retention of talent... [more]
Ramsgate to introduce Laser SB3 By Club PR, For 2007 the Royal Temple Yacht Club is introducing a sportsboat fleet at Ramsgate to compliment the existing IRC and locally handicapped cruiser racer classes. A number of members have bought, or are buying Laser SB3s and new members will be made very welcome... [more]
How a VOR stopover benefits the hosts By Media Newswire.com, 'The overwhelming success of the Volvo Ocean Race Melbourne Stop Over has provided a brilliant opportunity for Yachting Victoria to implement their Go Sailing and Boating Program and develop sailing at the grassroots level.' (Yachting Victoria)... [more]
Stamm gains again - Dalton injured - No poetry from Sir Robin By Media, Happy Valentine from Sir Robin Knox-Johnston (GBR) - Graham Dalton (NZL) breaks two fingers - Kojiro Shiraishi (JPN) hampered again by light airs - Bernard Stamm (SUI) works his stuff to avoid delay... [more]
New Deck boots - a treat for your feet By Media Services, Ronstan has developed the boots for recreational sailors and inshore racers, their new CL66 deck boots are guaranteed to keep sailors' feet dry in the harshest of conditions. The Ronstan CL66 deck boots are three-quarter length cut with toggle lock strings for comfort, warmth and protection... [more]
Farr 40 Sprint Series - preview By Sam Crichton, The Australian Farr 40 fleet will be back on the water as a class for the annual Farr 40 Sprint Series which is enjoyed by competitors and spectators alike. The February 17 and 18 regatta will be hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia with 10 teams hitting the track for the second last event in the Australian Farr 40 2006-07 Circuit.... [more]
Golden Trio prepare for China Olympics By By Andrew Baker/Daily Telegraph, For previous gold medallists like Shirley Robertson, Ben Ainslie and Iain Percy life is starting to gear-up for the 2008 Olympics in Qingdao, China. The Olympics of 2008 may still seem a distant speck on the horizon. But the most successful team in the British Olympic family has been preparing for quite some time... [more]
Olympic Classes at Weymouth Spring Series opener By RYA, The 2007 RYA Olympic Classes Spring Series gets underway this weekend (17-18 February) at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. This opening weekend at WPNSA will be followed by events at Rutland Sailing Club from 17-18 March and Warsash Sailing Club from 12-13 May. Racing will be held in the Finn, 470, Tornado, 49er, 2.4mR, and RS:X 9.5 men and 8.5 Open classes... [more]
So close at RS300 GUL Winter Championship By RS Media, Matt Sargent won the RS300 Winters with a countback that depended on positions in the final race after Sargent and Steve Bolland tied with both counting 2 firsts, 2 seconds and a third. The contest was settled in favour of Sergent on account of his winning the last race... [more]
Alinghi Coach Gilmour talks about 2007 and beyond By Diane Swintal, Match Racing champion Peter Gilmour minces no words. He is a veteran of five America's Cup campaigns. His prolific use of the protest flag while at the helm of Kookaburra, the 1987 America's Cup defender, prompted the writing of a separate set of Match Racing Rules.... [more]
Weymouth And Portland Sail Towards Olympic Gold By ISAF, Weymouth and Portland, the venue for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, are making waves to become one of the first venues ready for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. In 2010 a test regatta, with twice the amount of competitors as for the Olympics, will take place at Weymouth and in 2011 there will be an exact dress rehearsal of the sailing competitions... [more]
Win a bottle of champagne - Join Club Bullimore By Media, Have you a favourite recipe that will extra zest to the standard freeze-dried stores onboard? As Tony Bullimore waits impatiently for the right winds to send him on his way from Tasmania towards Cape Horn on the first stage of his solo round the world record challenge aboard the 130ft (31m) catamaran, Doha 2006, his attention has turned to what to eat during the voyage... [more]
Changes promote career opportunities at Raymarine By Susan Boyd, Raymarine Asia Pty Ltd has assumed all responsibility for sales, marketing, distribution and customer service for its products in Australia and South East Asia.... [more]
Kojiro Shiraishi Rounds Cape Horn By Media, At 03:00 UTC, the early hours of this morning, 13 February, Kojiro Shiraishi (JPN) onboard his Open 60, Spirit of Yukoh became the second boat in the VELUX 5 OCEANS to reach Cape Horn. Shiraishi rounded sailing's most terrifying landmark placing him around 6 days 6 hours behind race leader, Bernard Stamm (SUI)... [more]
Australian Laser Championship at Blairgowrie By James Mitchell, The Victorian Laser Association and the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron have announced the 2007/08 Australian Laser Championships will be held at Blairgowrie on Victoria’s beautiful Mornington Peninsula between December 27 this year and January 4, 2008.... [more]
Nick Craig is OK Dinghy Winter Champion By Terry Curtis, Nick Craig won the OK Dinghy Winter Championship held at Oxford SC last weekend. The OK’s staged the first regatta of the classes 50th year at Oxford SC on 10 February. Thirteen hardy competitors braved the snow and ice, with boats travelling for as far afield as Morecombe and Bristol to compete... [more]
Lindberg tops JPMorgan Winter Challenge qualifier By RYA, Finish sailor Staffan Lindberg, ranked number 10 in the world, took the honours at the final qualifier for the JPMorgan Asset Management Winter Challenge Series (Feb 9-11) produced some of the toughest racing to date. Three of the world’s top match racers battled for the remaining places in the grand final during the three-day event at Queen Mary Reservoir, Staines... [more]
50 knot winds for Stamm in next 24 hours By Media, Bernard should already be feeling the breeze building and by tomorrow morning the wind will be blowing gale force from the southeast. This morning reckons he was likely to see 45-50 knot winds within the next 24 hours even though it was only blowing 13 and he was sailing under full main and genniker at the time out of our conversation... [more]
Enterprise class planning another amazing year By Class PR, What an amazing year the Enterprise had in 2006, when it celebrated 50 wonderful years of thoroughly enjoyable and competitive racing and cruising; A World and National Championships held in the UK, (the association re-joined the ‘100 club’) a high profile Tideway Race and re-enactment of the Channel crossing... [more]
Medal upsets on Finals Day at Sail Auckland By Jodie Perkins, The final day medal races at Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland produced the sort of finishes that the ISAF will be hoping for at the 2008 Olympics. Close finishes and some upsets in the double points race, provided good spectator interest right to the final gun. The RS:X, Radial and Tornado classes saw the series leaders overturned in the the final race... [more]
No sharks yet for Seawind F-18 Fleet By Rob Kothe, More than 80 crews from over a dozen countries are assembling for the 2007 Seawind F18 World Championships to be sailed off Rydges Resort Yeppoon in Queensland, next week.... [more]
Final of Primo Cup – Trophée Credit Suisse By Media, In total 220 boats representing 20 nations made their way to Monaco over the two weekends, demonstrating the importance and reputation of the Primo Cup – Trophée Credit Suisse. Sailors came from as far afield as the USA, Russia, Ukraine, Spain and Croatia to participate in this major regatta... [more]
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