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Gales hit Illusion fleet racing at Bembridge
By Rupert Holmes,
Fifteen intrepid Illusionists enjoyed superb close racing in bright spring sun over the weekend of March 17/18 at Bembridge SC. Sunday saw a reduced fleet of eight boats braving blustery conditions, with gusts hitting 35 knots... [more]

Williams wins Marseille International Match Race
By Event media,
Ian Williams (GBR) has beaten the rising Frenchman Pierre Antoine Morvan to win the Marseille International Match Race. The Russian Neugodnikov won the 'petite finale' and finished third in front of Mathieu Richard (FRA)... [more]

Gitana 13 sets out to beat Playstation record
By Gitana Team,
On Sunday 18 March 2007, Gitana 13, the latest addition to the already three hundred-year-old dynasty of Rothschild boats, set off on its first challenge of the year in the Route de la Découverte Cadix-Salvador (Discovery Route Cadiz - San Salvador). The catamaran crossed over the starting line at 9 hours 7 minutes and 8 seconds UT.... [more]

Rescue is an example of how the system works
By The Comet,
Four sailors were rescued off the coast of Italy as the liferaft they were in began to sink. The crew, who are from Hitchin, were in the raft after the boat they were in had caught fire and they were forced to abandon ship on Tuesday evening. Not having a phone number for the coastguard in Italy, the crew used the only number on their phone - that of the Solent Coastguard in Lee-on-Sea back in England.... [more]

Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta - Day 2
By Media Pro,
The luck of the Irish smiled down today upon the 160 boats competing in the Sperry Top-Sider National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta in San Diego. With 10-12 knots of wind and a mostly clear sky above, 14 one-design classes competed – six began their series yesterday, while the additional eight took the day off. Three races were run on each of three race courses, two on the ocean and one on the Bay... [more]

See and be Seen with the Simrad AI50
By Saltwater PR,
The impending introduction of Class B AIS (Automatic Identification System) is set to represent the single most significant development in navigation safety in recent years. As the first full colour, compact Class B AIS designed specifically for the leisure marine market, the new Simrad AI50 delivers the safety benefits of professional AIS into the domain of the everyday boater... [more]

Sunsail Sailing School decreases stress by 17%
By Dora Creek,
The smell of saltwater decreases stress by 17%. This peculiar statistic has lodged in my memory. I have no idea whether it’s accurate or where the figure comes from. It could be complete bunkum, but it certainly feels true. Even the number seventeen, not something simple like ten or fifteen, makes this statistic somehow more believable.... [more]

Windermere Sailing Regatta with the WOW Factor
By Media,
The Windermere Open Sailing Regatta launches onto Windermere Lake as part of the three day WOW festival from 8-10 June. Sailing boats of all sizes will boost the WOW factor on Windermere over the weekend... [more]

SUI-100 launched at the base in Valencia
By Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
On Saturday 17 March, SUI-100, Alinghi’s latest and last new build, was launched at the base in Valencia. Syndicate head Ernesto Bertarelli’s wife, Kirsty, joined the team to christen the boat, the first to have a three digit sail number in the history of the Class.... [more]

Sir Robin spends 68th birthday alone at sea
By Event media,
Spare a thought for Sir Robin Knox-Johnston who celebrates his 68th birthday alone at sea today 17th March 2007. I'm not going to pay too much attention to it. The boat, Saga Insurance, is priority and that's it. I've never been wildly excited about my birthday, I suppose once upon a time they were exciting, but they get less and less so. Everyone keeps banging on about my age, but I just don't feel old.... [more]

ISAF Team Racing World Championship 2007
The 2007 ISAF Team Racing World Championship is back on the sailing calendar, following a late bid by the Real Club Nautico Gandia. In its seventh edition, the ISAF Team Racing Worlds is heading for the Mediterranean, with Gandia, Spain, 70 km south of Valencia, set to play host to a feast of short races, small course and supreme boat handling skills.... [more]

Olympic classes at Lake Garda Expert event
By Sail-World/GJN,
After five races of the Expert Olympic Regatta on Lake Garda, hosted by Fraglia Vela Riva and Fraglia Vela Malcesine, Hamish Pepper and Brad Nichol of New Zealand lead the Star class. Coming into this event Pepper has won the Worlds, North American’s and just recently the Bacardi Cup... [more]

Sir Robin in fourth place after taking a shower
Saga Insurance has passed the area where AGD hit a UFO and now has a 53 mile lead and is back up in fourth place. After three days in which we covered 760 miles, yesterday put the dampers on. The wind eased in the morning so the speed dropped down to 7-8 knots. I need to be more north or west to get the wind, but the wind I had was ESE so west was out... [more]

America's Cup on the web
By nzeditor@sail-world.com,
Sail-World, will be producing a daily AC newsletter. It will be free and will have a mixture of reports, pictures and graphics as we have trialled in 2006 during the Acts 1-12. As first country into the new day, this will be produced in New Zealand and will be team independent. We’ll provide details later on delivery/subscription of the America’s Cup newsletter.... [more]

Kojiro Shiraishi arrives in Norfolk, USA
By Media,
The end of a tough and frustrating leg for the spiritual adventurer, onboard his Open 60 SPIRIT OF YUKOH, today crossed the finish line of leg 2 in the VELUX 5 Oceans at 08:47 local time (12:47 UTC).... [more]

L’Hydroptère Team in Record mode
By Marlene Colegrave,
Alain Thébault and his L’Hydroptère Team is entering the record attempt phase and is about to beat the 500 meter speed record in category D and the absolute speed record on one nautical mile... [more]

Warning of Problem with Melges 24 Masts
By Southern Spars/John Clinton,
Southern Spars have issued a MOST URGENT warning that some Melges 24 masts supplied since early 2006 may have jib sheave pins that are too short. The short pins have been fitted to very few masts, but can have serious consequences if the pin slides sideways inside the mast... [more]

Tim Johnson wins the RS700 Winter Championship
By Matt Humphries,
Twenty RS700s turned out for the re-run of the wind cancelled Gul Winter Championships and first Fat Face open meeting of the season. The event was shared with the 600s and 800s, with the 700s sailing the outer loop of the trapezoid course... [more]

Alinghi sails from Port America's Cup
By America's Cup media,
The Swiss Defender of the America’s Cup, Alinghi, became the final Cup team to sail from Port America’s Cup this year when they slipped out for a late afternoon shake-down of SUI 91 on Tuesday. They joined an assortment of the 11 challengers who have been engaged in training and practice racing for weeks now.... [more]

Rolex Baltic Week - Farr 40 and Melges 24 fleets
By Andreas Kling,
Regarded as melting pots for the world’s best sailors, one-design boats guarantee exciting racing with close-fought manoeuvres and tight finishes. The fourth edition of the Rolex Baltic Week will draw together the elite of two internationally renowned one-design classes – the Farr 40 and the Melges 24.... [more]

Moby Lines Mumm 30 World Championship dates
By Jill Campbell and Vincenzo Frigo,
The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda together with the International Mumm 30 Class Association have announced the dates for the 2007 Moby Lines Mumm 30 World Championship. The regatta, organized by the YCCS in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, will take place from 1st to 7th October including two days of Pre-Worlds racing on the same Sardinian regatta course.... [more]

49er Grand Prix Invitation Event for Valencia
By Event media,
Twentyfive top International 49er crews are invited to register for a one-off showcase event in Valencia from 10-12 May 2007. Organised by Americas Cup Management in association with the International 49er Class, this showcase invitational competition will involve three days of competition with finals held on the last day... [more]

1948 Olympic Veteran wins Hamble Warming Pan
By Barney Smith/HRSC,
Over 50 dinghies competed in the 45th annual Hamble Warming Pan hosted by Hamble River Sailing Club over the weekend of 10 and 11 March. The event was blessed with amazing weather normally only seen at the height of an English Summer... [more]

Red Funnel Easter Challenge 6 to 8 of April
By J2 Communications & Events,
Over a dozen yachts are expected in the big boat class for the Red Funnel Easter Challenge over the first Bank Holiday of the year at Easter. With crews bristling with talent from the Volvo Ocean Race, America’s Cup and the Olympics, the big boat line up looks impressive indeed but there will be some great racing and interesting boats in all of the classes... [more]

Olly Straker wins opening RS600 Fat Face circuit
By RS media,
Round one of the Fat Face RS600 circuit at Chew Valley SC once again showed some new and old faces to the fleet. They were greeted with bright sunshine and changeable winds but it was Olly Straker from Weston SC who walked off with the top prize after a great weekend of racing... [more]

Team Germany announces team selection
By Oliver Laskowsky,
The team selection of the United Internet Team Germany for Louis Vuitton Act 13 as at the start of the America’s Cup season in Valencia is set. A starting-team on board Germany I resulted from 28 crew members and was announced by the Head of the Syndicate Michael Scheeren and Skipper Jesper Bank... [more]

NZL 92 goes racing off Valencia against Luna Rossa
By Emirates Team NZ media,
NZL 92 went racing off Valencia for the first time today, continuing the final phase of Emirates Team New Zealand’s preparation for the America’s Cup challenge.... [more]

Opening weekend of Raymarine Warsash Spring Series
By Flavia Bateson,
Competitors in the first race of the Raymarine Warsash Spring Series, held on Sunday 11 March, were greeted with a warm, sunny day. Early on, a good 10-12 knot southerly breeze kicked in to cover the starting sequences but instead of building, as it had done the day before, the wind became erratic, swinging towards the south-west and dwindling... [more]

New RS800 debuts on Fat Face Racing Circuit
By Ben Schooling,
Class Chairman Ian Martin and Rob 'Big Guns' Marriott were trialling out the prototype revamped RS800 at Round 1 of the RS800 Fat Face Racing Circuit which took place at Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club on the 11/12 March. Twentyfour boats turned out and were blessed with champagne conditions over the weekend. The ice on the shrouds and frozen blocks at Draycote a year ago at were long forgotten as teams rigged up in T-shirts, even some bare arms were spotted out on the water... [more]

Warpath edges Twins for Acura Miami Grand Prix win
By Key Partners (KPMS),
After nine grueling races spread out over four days, it came down to the final race to determine the winner of the Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship. In fact, victory was decided in the last 20 feet of racecourse for champions Steve & Fred Howe aboard their Warpath, who edged out Erik Maris's Twins for the win... [more]

Dalton damaged while Sir RKJ wins an Oldie
By Tim Kelly,
Some 946 miles behind third place yacht PAKEA, skippered by the Basque, Unai Basurko, Graham Dalton's speed has dropped dramatically since reporting a collision with an object last night. His Open 50, A SOUTHERN MAN - AGD, has averaged just 3.4 knots in the past six hours... [more]

Emmett wins Stokes Bay Radial Qualifier
By Jon Emmett,
On March 10th/11th well over a hundred Radials entered the Stokes Bay Qualifier, the first of the spring series,which will ultimately decide who goes to the 2007 Europeans. This is the last major event before the Olympic test regatta in August.... [more]

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