In Miami the Bacardi Cup has gone to the New Zealand Star World Champion, Hamish Pepper, who seems to be on a roll at the present. The J/24 Worlds were retained by Mauricio Santacruz and his team in Brazil.
Very soon the european sailing season will be underway. The early spring series at Warsash got underway this weekend and the top dinghy sailors are gathering in Mallorca for the first major Olympic classes event.
The ISAF has revamped the Olympic classes regattas to form an ISAF World Series that will link the major Olympic classes regattas of Australia, America, Spain, Holland, France and Germany in what could very well be a fledgling professional series.
In Valencia the America's Cup Teams are out on the water with their new boats. Will the final Act and the Cup races live up to the hype?
And if you fancy trying out the possible new Women's Olympic two-hander, get in touch with your National Association. The ISAF is looking for sailors for the Trials.
Plenty more sailing to come . . .
One Small Step for . . . . Pro dinghy sailing By GJN/SW, Dinghy racing sailors took another small step along the route to a full-on professional circuit recently. The six named events forming the basis of the new (revamped) ISAF circuit for the Olympic classes have made their presentations and the scheme awaits ratification by the ISAF Council in November... [more]
Sailrocket relocates to Nambia for Speed Record attempt By Paul Larsen, The radical UK backed Sailrocket project has added two huge pieces to the puzzle in its quest to be the fastest sailing boat in the world. The Sailrocket project has been relocated to the incredible Walvis Bay speed-strip in Nambia. The team and craft are on site and ready for action... [more]
Mauricio SantaCruz is J/24 World Champion By Media, Brazil’s Mauricio SantaCruz and his team on Bruschetta are the 2007 J/24 World Champions. Bruschetta led the boat parade through Nuevo Vallarta Harbour to cheers and horns on the final day of what everyone is calling - The Best Worlds Ever.... [more]
Hot and slow days on SAGA Insurance By RKJ, The wind was favourable for us where we are now yesterday, but it has moved north, so we are still beating. Our next objective is to get up to Recife, but if the wind direction does not change then we are going to have to put a wasteful tack in to the east to make that... [more]
Celebrating One Hundred Years of Eighteens By Crosbie Lorimer, 18 Foot Skiffs have been racing on Sydney Harbour for 100 years this year, which makes the 75 year old Harbour Bridge seem something of a newcomer on the scene... [more]
Acura Grand Prix Championship Day Two By Bill Wagner, French skipper Erik Maris and the Twins crew are currently on top of a talent-laden Farr 40 fleet at the 2007 Acura Miami Grand Prix. However, they face two more days of tough competition before they can lay claim to the prestigious Grand Prix Championship that rewards outstanding performance at both of Premiere Racing’s winter regattas.... [more]
Star World Champions win 2007 Bacardi Cup By Janet Maizner, New Zealand’s Hamish Pepper, the current Star Class World and North American champion, sailing this week with his crew and coach David Giles of Australia, won the 2007 Bacardi Cup Star Class Regatta Friday on the waters of Biscayne Bay, near Miami.... [more]
Crews wanted for Olympic Dinghy Evaluation Event By ISAF media, The ISAF is inviting its Member National Authorities to nominate sailors for the Women's High Performance Dinghy Evaluation Event in Hyères, France. The ISAF is looking for sailors covering a balanced range of weight, height, age, and expert trapeze crews... [more]
J/24 Worlds - defending Champion looks good By Kathy Taylor (As Amended by SW), A full day of racing at the J/24 World Championships and the top four boats from Day Three are still firmly on top of the rankings. Mauricio Santa Cruz, 2006 World Champion, maintains his number one position with one day to go despite a 13-4 finish today. Ian Southworth (GBR) scored his second win to close on the leading group with two races to go... [more]
Si - Fi and Volvo Friends sailing for Sweden By Volvo Media, British–born Simon Fisher, 29, the navigator aboard ABN AMRO TWO in the 2005-06 race, and a member of the Victory Challenge after guard, revealed that he has no fewer than 14 fellow Volvo sailors as colleagues at the Swedish team’s base in Spain... [more]
Ericsson Racing buys ABN Amro One By Ericsson Racing Team, The last Volvo Ocean Race winner, ABN AMRO ONE, has been purchased for training and speed tests, confirming the team's commitment to develop a successful campaign.... [more]
Images of the hot 12 Foot Skiff class By Class PR, Images of the 12ft Skiff class in action - This years UK Dinghy Show saw the arrival of the Bartercard 12 Foot Skiff class in the northern hemisphere. This was the first chance for the general public to see these incredible machines and the opportunity wasn’t wasted... [more]
Estrella Damm becomes Barcelona World Race partner By Lou Newland, Today in Barcelona, the Fundació per la Navegació Oceànica (FNO), announced a major partnership with Estrella Damm for the Barcelona World Race, the new two-up, non-stop around the planet race starting 11th November 2007 and part of the IMOCA Ocean Racing World Championship circuit. This is the first official sponsor of the race to be announced.... [more]
Top match racers set for final showdown By RYA/Lindsey Bell, The JPMorgan Asset Management Winter Challenge Match Racing Series reaches its climax this weekend (9-11 March), with ten crews set to battle it out in the Grand Final at the Queen Mary Sailing Club, Staines... [more]
Another Fat Face Circuit begins for the RS800 Class By Charlotte England, This weekend, the 10-11 March 2007 marks the beginning of the 2007 RS800 Fat Face Racing Circuit! With nine events in total it’s the biggest circuit to date. As always variety is the spice of life and this very much sets the scene for the venue line-up... [more]
Not much progress, so Sir Robin takes a dip By RKJ, Not much progress in the last 24 hours I'm afraid. The problem I have now is that the winds I want, the Trade Winds, are moving as fast as we are, but in the same direction, so as we move north-east 100 miles, so do they. The result is that we are being held back here and there is nothing we can do about it... [more]
Extreme Anchor - with Extreme Claims By Sail-World Cruising, If the claims about the latest anchor from XYZ are true (that it will exceed existing anchors by from 500-900%) then it’s worth checking out. Designed for weeds, rocks, and grass, the manufacturers claim that the XYZ Extreme will outperform any existing anchor in sand, clay and mud.... [more]
2007 Australian Sailing Team lifting ahead of Qingdao By Lara Watts, The eighteen member Team consists of some of the most highly decorated sailors in the world including world number one pair Matt Belcher and Nick Behrens in the 470 class, Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby in the Tornado class and Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Bronze medallist and current World and National Champion in the Laser Class, Michael Blackburn.... [more]
J/105 Start Season at Warsash Spring Series By Kirsty Apthorp, The J/105 fleet are starting the season in style this weekend. Although a few hardened souls have been out for the Royal Southampton Frostbite Series and over the winter, there have been the occasional social meetings, this for many will be not only the first weekend on the water, but also the first 'serious' social... [more]
Top Boat Names of 2006 - Is Yours There? By Sail-World Cruising, BoatU.S. - the United States' largest recreational boat owners association, announced today its '2006 Top Ten List of Most Popular Boat Names.' None of the bad news that made national headlines during the year seemed to prevent recreational boaters from selecting 'feel-good' names for their vessels... [more]
Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship By Dana Paxton, One of the certain highlights of the upcoming Acura Miami Grand Prix will be the competition in the Farr 40 class. To date, 16 teams – representing the US and seven foreign countries – are expected to compete on Biscayne Bay between March 8-11... [more]
Six-Metre Class Championship for Solent By Media PR, A strong fleet of International Six-Metres is coming to Cowes to compete in the 2007 World Championships, from 16 - 23 July. 100 years after the Metre Rule was first established. More than half of the forty yachts on the British Six Metre fleet register are likely to take part in the championships... [more]
Volvo Open 70's at ABN AMRO North Sea Regatta 2007 By Diana Bogaards, In May 2007, two Volvo Open 70’s will set sail for Scheveningen (Netherlands) to participate in the offshores of the ABN AMRO North Sea Regatta. On Tuesday May 15, Peter de Ridder’s Mean Machine will line up for the annual Vuurschepenrace from Scheveningen to Harwich (UK)... [more]
David Dellenbaugh (US) new tactician on Germany I By United Internet Team Germany, Only three weeks before the beginning of Louis Vuitton Act 13 in Valencia, America's Cup winner David Dellenbaugh has been appointed to the position of tactician in the United Internet Team Germany.... [more]
Gipsy Moth IV in Pirate Incident By Sail-World Cruising News, The Round World 2005-7 Blue Water Rally has reported a pirate incident involving Gipsy Moth IV, Francis Chichester’s famous yacht, now rebuilt and on a world circumnavigation. The yacht was in the notorious ‘pirate alley’ off the coast of Yemen, and headed for the Red Sea, when the incident occurred.... [more]
Warming Pan in 45th year - this weekend By Event media, This years Warming Pan series at Hamble River SC, the 45th year its been run, is being held on the 10 and 11 March 2007. Merlin Rocket, Firefly and Foxer classes are invited with racing following the same format as 2006... [more]
Volvo weekly Podcast By Volvo media, The podcast will carry all the latest news and views from a broad range of sailing competitions including the America’s Cup, the TP52 series, Olympic and international regattas. In addition, it will of course carry regular stories and updates on the build-up to the 2008-09 Volvo event... [more]
Wilsonian Sailing Club Warm-Up Series 2007 By Tony Hunt, Despite an off-putting forecast, 20 boats signed on for the fifth race of the series. Paul and Mark Heather in the Osprey, who sailed majestically round the course to take the win... [more]
Loki enters Rolex Middle Sea Race By Giles Pearlman, Interest in the 2007 Rolex Middle Sea Race is ahead of expectations and, with the news that Stephen Ainsworth's 60-footer, Loki, from Australia will be on the start line, and the Royal Malta Yacht Club is once again anticipating the possibility of another exciting, record edition.... [more]
SUI91 arrives in Valencia by air By Daphne Morgan Barnicoat, SUI91 arrived in Valencia yesterday afternoon on an Antonov plane from Dubai. SUI64 is due to follow by ship.... [more]
Entries open for Rolex Middle Sea Race By KPMS, With eight months to go to the start on the 20th October, the Royal Malta Yacht Club (RMYC) has received a number of entries even though the Notice of Race only went online a week ago.... [more]
Spring-time at Warsash - All systems ready By Flavia Bateson, Strong winds and horizontal rain did not deter the 40-strong race management team for the Raymarine Warsash Spring Series when a full rehearsal was held on Sunday 4 March. All systems afloat and ashore were checked, ready for the big day. Only the competitors were missing! The six week series itself gets underway from Sunday 11 March with additional Saturdays for the sportsboat Spring Championships and Big Boat Weekends... [more]
BMW ORACLE Racing Starts Final Assault in Valencia By BMW ORACLE media, BMW ORACLE Racing today began the final two-boat race training session in the lead-up to Louis Vuitton Act 13 and the 2007 Louis Vuitton Cup starting next month in Valencia... [more]
Asko Appliances bounces back at 18 Footers By Frank Quealey, Hugh Stodart, Niall Kinch and Paul Schulz gave a faultless exhibition in Asko Appliances to easily take out Race 4 of the Australian 18 Footers League Club Championship on Sydney Harbour - This was a brilliant recovery after running aground in sensational circumstances during last week’s final race of the Giltinan International Championship... [more]
200+ boats complete St Maarten Heineken Regatta By Media, The 27th edition of the St Maarten Heineken Regatta concluded today in spectacular fashion as more than 200 boats in 20 divisions enjoyed classic Caribbean sailing conditions to wrap up a most memorable running of the annual event... [more]
Images from the Dinghy Sailing Show 2007 By RYA Media, The Dinghy Sailing Show, held at London's Alexandra Palace, was opened by Dame Ellen MacArthur and top Olympic sailors and campaigners Simon Hiscocks, Chris Draper, Joe Glanfield, Saskia Clark and Paul Goodison were present to launch the Skandia Team GBR Sail for Gold Yearbook, available from this weekend... [more]
Wrong decision by Sir Robin blows leg 2 By Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Bernard Stamm has finished in Norfolk. He is in a class of his own in this event. Back here the situation has deteriorated. It was all down to the disastrous decision to try and head round inside the high that Unai was negotiating 5 days ago... [more]
Downer wins Illusion racing at Bembridge SC By Barnaby Edwards, Fifteen Illusionists enjoyed the Saturday sun and braved the Sunday soaking but one sailor eclipsed the lot. Although Mark Downer won the weekend…it was Sue Farquhar who left the entire fleet (except for Mark) in her shadow in the final race scoring her first silver gun of the series!... [more]
Irish win Day 1 Day 2007 Bacardi Cup Regatta By Event Media, The Irish sailing team of Maurice O’Connell and crew Ben Cooke finished first in day one of sailing in the 80th Annual Bacardi Cup Star Class Regatta... [more]
Images from the St Maarten Heineken Regatta By Steve Arkley, Images from Steve Arkley at the St Maarten Heineken Regatta... [more]
RS600FF - why float when you can fly? By Media PR, The RS600FF takes a great boat – the popular RS600 singlehander – and with the addition of some carbon/epoxy hydrofoils turns it into a flying machine capable of travelling at twice the speed of the wind... [more]
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