Act 13 0f the Louis Vuitton Challenger series dominated the sailing news last week. The spring weather off Valencia provided some turn-around results, making for great spectator viewing, not something normally associated with sailing.
In the UK Sky TV opened their live coverage on the day all racing was cancelled, testing the commentators ad-lib abilities.
But, when they did cover live racing the mix of live images and computor generated positioning worked well.
Assuming that viewers sitting through a couple of hours sailing have some knowledge of the sport, why do they keep explaining simple sailing terms in Janet & John style?
When do they ever explain the off-side trap during a football match?
Also in Spain, but a different part, the 38th Princess Sofia Trophy for Olympic classes was taking place. And it was a team from down-under that topped the medal list - New Zealand.
And for the normally all conquering Team GBR there were signs of an internal shift of power, with new names moving up the rankings, and some of the familiar names struggling to make their mark as they move into the final Olympic team selection phase.
Enjoy the rest of the holiday
Fisher's View: The Play is over - Let battle start By Bob Fisher, All 13 Louis Vuitton Acts are completed. The bragging rights are settled. The Louis Vuitton Cup, for the challenger selection, begins on Monday April 16th and no longer will there be any fleet racing, nor will the defender be able to line up against the potential opponent for the America’s Cup in June.... [more]
Next -Solar weather warnings By Rob Kothe, Last December 5th's solar flare caused an intense radio burst that affected GPS systems world wide the following day. Some receivers had a reduction in accuracy while others totally lost the ability to determine position.... [more]
Red Funnel Easter Challenge - Panthera Strikes Again! By RORC/Louay Habib, The big issue at the 16th Red Funnel Easter Challenge was about how to cope in light airs - a scenario that is always going to be a possibility in yacht racing. The general conditions were super light with gradient breeze being affected by weak sea breezes. Knowing when the breeze would shift and gauging the strong tide were the major conundrums for the competitors. However, despite the lack of breeze, the 72 competing yachts at the regatta enjoyed the event immensely... [more]
Final images of AC Fleet Racing By Various, The America's Cup Fleet Racing in Act 13 at Valencia, Spain, which finished on Saturday 7 April 2007, attracted the top yachting photographers, here is a selection of their final day images - including shots from Thierry Martinez, Chris Cameron, Marco Trovati, Oskar Kihlborg, Franck Socha, Ivo Rovira, Gilles Martin-Raget and Carlo Borlenghi... [more]
Images Red Funnel Easter Challenge, day 2 By RORC/Tony Matthews, The Race Committee managed to perform a miracle; getting Race 3 of the series underway just after 13:00hrs. Shortly after, a 30 degree wind shift meant that the race had to be abandoned... [more]
Tasmania's like Glue says Tony Bullimore By Rob Kothe, On Saturday it seemed that British veteran round the world sailor Tony Bullimore was probably less than 48 hours from the start of his Solo Round the World speed record. Now comes the news that the latest weather system did not provide the right angle to clear New Zealand and the next likely system is another week way.... [more]
Red Funnel Easter Challenge – Day 2 By Louay Habib, The Brambles Bank weather station this morning showed a mean wind speed of one tenth of a knot on the second day of the Red Funnel Easter Challenge. The Race Committee managed to perform a miracle; getting Race 3 of the series underway just after 13:00hrs. Shortly after, a 30 degree wind shift meant that the race had to be abandoned... [more]
Lake Garda Optimist Open Meeting By Event Media, Another change at the top of Division B ranking (born in 1992-1995) in the Lake Garda Meeting Optimist class. Former leader Julian Autenrieth had a bad day and was passed by Italian Davide Bianchini, now first in front of the local Ruggero Tita, who tomorrow will have a big chance to win the event in the last race... [more]
Cheshire Implant Easter Bunny Series By Richard Baldwin, clear blue sky and a F2 NNW greeted the 9 yachts that decided to compete the first day of this 3 day race series. As the races progressed the wind progressively filled in to a very pleasant Force 3 by the end of the day. To run back to back races Vice President Steve Harrison as Race Officer was aboard the LYC flagship Gullm... [more]
Alinghi dominates Louis Vuitton Act 13 By America's Cup Media, On a day that dawned with torrential downpours and fickle winds, by race time the skies had cleared and the wind soon stabilised to the point where the Race Committee could start the races after only a short delay.... [more]
Images from Red Funnel Easter Challenge day 1 By J2 Communications & Events, Images from Red Funnel Easter Challenge day 1 - The competitors for the first day of the Red Funnel Easter Challenge were reaching for the suncream proving that you don’t need to go to Spain to get a suntan!... [more]
Spanish win sixth fleet race - Alinghi race seven By AC Media, A win for the Spanish team, Desafio Espanol 2 in fleet race 6 to finish the series on a high for them. In the final fleet race Alinghi were back in charge, and finish top of Act 13. Emirates Team New Zealand finish second overall and Mascalzone Latino - Capitalia Team third... [more]
AC Challenger Commission refuses +39 mast change By AC media, The Challenger Commission met on Saturday morning to deal with an issue arising from a request for redress by +39 Challenge. The Jury had earlier ruled the fairest solution for all boats was to allow +39 to accept the offer of the use of a Version 5 mast from United Internet Team Germany... [more]
Ichi Ban wins Gladstone monohull line honours By Rob Kothe, Matt Allens’ modified Volvo 70 finished the 308 nautical mile Brisbane to Gladstone race at 09:20:45 this morning. It had been a slower than expected night... [more]
Two Multihull capsizes in Brisbane to Gladstone race By Rob Kothe, The 2007 Brisbane to Gladstone race multihull fleet suffered in heavy weather this morning, with two catamarans capsizing, both crews were rescued by other race competitors.... [more]
Spectacular Medal Races in Palma By ISAF/S-W UK, The excellent weather conditions of the Bay of Palma arrived for the last day of competition and set the scene for a series of spectacular Medal Races at the 38th ISAF Grade 2 Princess Sofia Trophy – Mapfre. It turned up to be a great day for the Kiwis, with a double gold medal haul in the RS:X events and three other podium finishes. Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes claimed Britain’s only gold medal from finals on Friday... [more]
Morrison and Rhodes clinch gold in Palma By RYA, Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes claimed Britain’s only gold medal from the finals of the Princess Sofia Trophy on Good Friday, clinching victory in the fiercely contested 49er class by just one point... [more]
Red Funnel Easter Challenge - Day 1 By J2 Communications & Events, The competitors for the first day of the Red Funnel Easter Challenge were reaching for the suncream proving that you don’t need to go to Spain to get a suntan! Unfortunately the glorious sunny conditions meant light airs and very fluky breeze which was testing not only for the competitors but the Race Committee... [more]
Pashalidis and Trigonis win Tornado Europeans By Rob Kothe, The Greek team of Pashalidis and Trigonis were crowned the 2007 European Champions with the Australian's Darren Bundock and Glen Ashby taking the Open title at the Princess Sophia regatta, first of the European season.... [more]
A Fish Eye View: Kiwis charge to top Challenger By Bob Fisher, Ben Ainslie was sailing Emirates Team New Zealand downwind in the same manner as he does his Finn dinghy. With the grinders working overtime, the mainsail was pumped to induce surfing on every wave as he strove to pass Luna Rossa.... [more]
Final Medal Positions - Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia By S-W UK, Today saw the Medal races at the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia – Mapfre Olympic classes regatta in Palma, Mallorca. New Zealand topped the medal table with five medals including two Gold, a Silver and two Bronze... [more]
No racing for +39 Friday - New mast problem By Media, + 39 has won the protest following the collision had with Team Germany last Wednesday race, but today the team will not be able to race. Unfortunately during the works on the old mast a new problem on a shroud has been detected... [more]
Soling 2007 South American Championship underway By Media, Three races in the first day of racing at the 2007 South American Championship from SE with 15-16 knots, the first and second windward / leeward courses of six legs, the third one was a double triangle course... [more]
Medal Day at Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofía By Media/S-W UK, The medal races will be sailed today at the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofía off Palma, Mallorca. The finals will be very tight as the result of the great and equal level of competitors. In the 49er, Spanish team Federico Alonso/Arturo Alonso lost all their chances of winning and now the leading position is with British sailors Stevie Morrison/ Ben Rhodes, the current European champions... [more]
+39 Challenge wins protest, is awarded redress By Peter Rusch, The Jury has ruled in the protest between +39 Challenge and United Internet Team Germany and awarded redress to the Italian team. the Jury awarded +39 Challenge a fifth place finish in Race Three of Valencia Louis Vuitton Act 13 (no other positions in the race are affected)... [more]
Loof and Ekstrom win 2007 Western Hemisphere Stars By Lyn Fitzpatrick, The 2007 Star Western Hemisphere Championship ended in Tampa, Florida today with former World Champions Freddy Loof and Anders Ekstrom claiming the Silver Star with 11 points. Peter Bromby and Bill McNiven from Bermuda were second with 21 points. Australian’s Iain Murray and Andrew Palfrey were third.... [more]
New America's Cup DVD released - a Must Buy! By Sail-World, The second in a series of America's Cup DVD's has been released by New Zealand based production company, Mediawave. An outstanding production, this DVD is notable not only for capturing the highlights of the 12 Louis Vuitton Acts sailed in four countries. The camera work is outstanding as is the sight of AC yachts racing against the scenic backdrops of Valencia (Spain), Marseille (France), Malmo (Sweden) and Trapani (Italy).... [more]
Cup Protocol amended to allow V5 mast for +39 By Sail-World, A Jury Decision has been released in the protest of +39. Sail-World understands that both the Defender and Challenger of Record have agreed to an amendment of the document... [more]
Danish Youth Sailing goes for 100 RS Feva By RS media, The Danish Sailing Federation’s recent order for one hundred RS Feva XLs marks the biggest deal in the history of Danish youth sailing. Seeking to increase nationwide participation in the sport at grass-roots level, and armed with a generous sponsorship deal with the shipping line, Torm, the DSF have invited sailing clubs to purchase boats at a significantly subsidised price, on the proviso that they are used for youth sailing... [more]
Two world records for L’Hydroptère By Marlene Colegrave, L’Hydroptère, helmed by Alain Thébault, adds two world records to his achievements (subject to official ratification by ISAF / WSSRC... [more]
Olympic Games Sailing planning application made By Media, Planning applications for new world class Sailing facilities were submitted on time ensuring Weymouth and Portland remain on course to become one of the first venues ready for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. Construction work is due to be completed by the end of 2008, meaning Weymouth and Portland will be one of the first venues ready for the 2012 Games... [more]
12ft Skiff get Aquaskipper sponsor By Media, The 12ft Skiff Class this week signed a Team sponsorship deal with Aquaskipper UK, sole importers of the newest water-sports craze from the USA. The 'Team Aquaskipper' boat will be seen at all the UK 12ft Skiff events this season, starting with the Grand Slam this weekend at Weston SC in Southampton... [more]
Andora Laser Europa Cup By S-W UK, Over 370 competitors took part in the Andora Laser Europa Cup in Italy. Sestan Marko (CRO) won the Men's Radial class with Ben Paton (GBR) in second place, third was Rodie Van Mackelenbergh (NED). In the women's event Anna Dobson (GBR) was the winner, ahead of Matilde Fabbri of Italy... [more]
783 Optimist sailors ready to race By Media, This year the Lake Garda Meeting Optimist open will probably be remembered as one of the biggest in the history of this event, born 25 years ago and organized by la Fraglia Vela Riva. Yesterday the open ceremony took place in the centre of the town. Today, at 1pm, the regatta will start: the end of the event is fixed for Sunday afternoon... [more]
Zen and the art of Illusion Fleet Racing By Barnaby Edwards, Without getting too ‘Zen’, would it be fair to say that racing yachts is rewarding because of the variable challenge it represents? Is it fun because it is hard? Is it exciting because it is never the same?... [more]
Bromby and the Beat By Lynn Fitzpatrick, Peter Bromby and Bill McNiven had three of their signature starts from the pin end of the line. They read the shifts and the pressure and rounded the first weather mark in each of today’s three races in the lead... [more]
Nigel King preparing for La Solitaire By Flavia Bateson, Top UK sailor Nigel King, from Lymington, is ready to face an international field of solo sailors as he prepares for La Solitaire Afflelou Le Figaro this summer. To qualify, Nigel first has to complete two out of four events. For him this will include a 240 mile race from Concarneau in May followed by a similar event from Les Sables d’Olonnes... [more]
Bell Lawrie onboard for two more years By Media, leading investment manager, Bell Lawrie, announced it has committed to sponsoring the Scottish Series for a further two years, until after the 2009 event. Scotland’s largest sailing regatta, which is organised by the Clyde Cruising Club, is set to benefit from an investment package worth over £100,000... [more]
Images from Day 2 of Louis Vuitton Act 13 By Various, Images from Day 2 of Louis Vuitton Act 13 - Another day of surprises and today the unfortunate dismasting of +39 at the windward mark in the second race... [more]
Alinghi on top after three races, +39 loses mast By Bob Fisher, The America’s Cup would look as safe as if it were in a Swiss bank at this stage of the final Louis Vuitton Act. Two wins and a fourth place in the twelve boat fleet puts the Brad Butterworth skippered Alinghi six points clear of Chris Dickson’s BMW Oracle Racing, that is tied with Grant Dalton’s Emirates Team New Zealand after two days and three races.... [more]
Dalton finally leaves Brazil By Velux 5 Oceans media, At 08:30 (LMT) this morning (April 4), Graham Dalton (NZL) finally left the port of Fortaleza in Brazil to recommence racing in the VELUX 5 OCEANS. After an unwanted and extended pit stop in Latin America, the experienced yachtsman is heading out to sea to clear the local oil rigs before heading pointing his Open 50 A SOUTHERN MAN AGD north to Norfolk, Virginia (USA).... [more]
Double win for Alinghi in wild day at Valencia By S-W UK, Windy conditions for the second days fleet racing off Valencia, Spain. Alinghi wins first race on day 2 ahead of Spain's Desafio Espanol, third BMW Oracle. In second race of the day huge wind shift on final leg turns race upside down again. Alinghi wins with second Luna Rossa, third Desafio Espanol... [more]
Images from Day 1 of AC Fleet Racing By Various, Images from Day 1 of the fleet racing in Act 13 which provided a topsy-turvy start to the final series to choose the challenger for the 32nd America's Cup - BMW Oracle spared the blushes of the top runners by recovering from the first leg disaster to slip through in the mayhem and across the line... [more]
BMW launches America’s Cup charity auction By BMW media, As racing for the 32nd America’s Cup is about to commence in Valencia, Spain, BMW has launched an auction of 32 unique artworks – with all the proceeds going to support under-privileged children in Latin America... [more]
GILL National 12 Series Open Meeting By Zoë Ballantyne, Nineteen boats took part in the first event of the 2007 GILL Series which was held in winds blowing dogs off leads. Richard Williams and Lindsey Iles from the Royal Harwich YC were the winners of a tough series, which had many crews swimming, before racing was abandoned on the Sunday... [more]
Bullimore – Crazy? or Ahead of the Crowd? By Nancy Knudsen, Sunday is the Day! Tony Bullimore is on ''orange alert'' to leave Hobart this Sunday to break the existing non-stop solo round the world record, currently held by Dame Ellen MacArthur at 71 days and some hours. But why so late?... [more]
Trial RS Association Membership 2007 By RS media, The RS Association has introduced a new type of membership for 2007. A One Event Membership. If you would like to attend one of the RS Class Association Racing events but are not a member you are now able to do so by simply joining for the one event... [more]
Contender Travellers Trophy - Round 2 By S Jones, Oxford SC was the venue for the second travellers trophy event of 2007 and a 25 strong fleet arrived eagerly anticipating the summer-like temperatures and 15 mph breeze forecast by the met office... [more]
BMW Oracle Racing wins first Fleet race By S-W/UK, Alinghi were over at the delayed start and chased the fleet up the first windward leg. +39 went to the right and led around the first mark. BMW Oracle and Emirates Team New Zealand went left and trailed... [more]
Ian Marshall Wins RS600 Fat Face Event By RS media, On a bright Saturday morning driving to Oxford Sailing Club for the RS600’s second Fat Face Racing Circuit event, I finally came across the sailing club after a lot more time and petrol than is should have taken... [more]
Youth v Experience v Dollars in America's Cup By Andy Rice, www.SailJuice.com, America’s Cup is all about age and experience, although of course a bit of money helps too. It seems the best thing you can do with your money is to buy Cup experience. The older you are and the more Cup campaigns you’ve done before, the better you can expect to fare in the America’s Cup, according to some analysis carried about by SailJuice.com and German newspaper Die Welt.... [more]
29ers at Rutland By Ovington media, The first major open of the UK circuit for the 29ers started at Rutland. In spite of the warm winter the fleet was greeted with a reminder that winter was not over. A 20 knot Northerly blew across the lake bringing with it the cold air and wind chill... [more]
Raymarine Warsash Spring Series - Week 4 By Flavia Bateson, For the fourth gathering in the Raymarine Warsash Spring Series on 1 April the north-easterly wind started in the 16-18 knot range, sometimes dropping in the shelter of the mainland shore to as low as 11/12 knots, before strengthening to 28 knots by the afternoon... [more]
Big Boat action at Warsash By Flavia Bateson, Race officers at Warsash Sailing Club had a busy two days over 31 March and 1 April. Not only was the Raymarine Warsash Spring Series continuing for the fourth week but also the first Big Boat event got underway. All that involved nearly 200 boats and some 27 start sequences in weather that tested boats and sailors alike... [more]
Ben Ainslie on handlebars of Emirates Team NZ By Bob Fisher, Dean Barker confirmed this morning that Ben Ainslie would be steering Emirates Team New Zealand’s boat for the four days of the fleet racing in the Louis Vuitton Act 13... [more]
SailingTalk.com interviews Darren Bundock By Andy Rice, SailingTalk.com, Darren Bundock won the Tornado World Championships in Argentina last December and then the Formula 18 Worlds last month in Australia. In this excerpt from their newsletter, SailingTalk asks the talented Australian about his recent exploits at the F18s, his views on the Olympics, and for subscribers to our free newsletter – SailingTalk Xpress... [more]
A Fish Eye View: All Fools for Skirt Lifting By Bob Fisher, Aptly, on April 1st, the united world of the America’s Cup lifted its skirts in Valencia to show a less than astonished public what it had kept secret since the Cup moved to Europe four years ago. For anyone expecting a shattering revelation, it must have been an anticlimax.... [more]
Raymarine Warsash Spring Series Warsash SC 11/03/07 The Series comprises Six races with the best five results to count: 11, 18 and 25 March - 1, 15 and 22 April Two central Solent start lines - First starts around 10am - IRC 4-5 classes, J/105 and J/109.... For more details and news for this event, go to: http://www.one.sail-world.com/index.cfm?SEid=768
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