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18 Jun 2007

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Images from Day 1 of the Superyacht Cup
By Gilles Martin-Raget,
One of the world's top sailing photographers, Gilles Martin-Raget, takes a look at Day 1 of the Superyacht Cup sailed in Palma de Mallorca (Spain)... [more]

Nine Nations at 2007 Cowes Etchells World titles
By Rob Kothe,
46 Etchells crews are set for the 2007 Etchells World Championships starting on June 25th in Cowes, in the UK. While the host nation Great Britain has half the Etchells crews, Ireland has the second largest contingent with seven teams, Australia with six and the USA with three, while there are two crews from New Zealand and each from Sweden, Italy, Bermuda and Hong Kong.... [more]

Bol d’Or Mirabaud hard race to win
By Event media,
The competitors and the public will never forget the start of the 69th edition of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud. Indeed, a lovely south westerly flow started blowing minutes after the departure, propelling the 526 yachts under spinnaker towards what the locals call the big lake. An unforgettable sight!... [more]

Extreme 40s - Brouwer leads the way on Holmatro
By Emily Caroe,
Female skipper and Olympic campaigning Tornado sailor, Carolijn Brouwer, led the Extreme 40s across the finish line at the Bol d'Or Mirabaud, onboard Holmatro at 2052 local time (+1hr BST). Then 5 minutes later Nick Moloney, skipper of Offshore Challenges Sailing Team, crossed the line obviously enjoying the conditions and the company of Swiss sailor Yvan Ravussin and Australian Olympic Tornado crew Darren Bundock onboard.... [more]

Hart and Hall are Flying Fifteen World Champions
By Gerald New,
The two final race sailed on Friday produced a nail biting finish to the 16th Flying Fifteen World Championships held at the Royal Port of Pollenca YC in Mallorca. Britain's Mike Hart and Tim Hall, who had lead from day one, came under increasing pressure over the final two days from the defending champions, Australia's Nick and Janet Jerwood and from three time world champions, Steve Goacher and Phil Evans (GBR) making a great last day charge.... [more]

HSH Nordbank blue race start in classic breeze
By Event media,
21 boats representing six nations answered the gun today to begin the 3,600-nautical mile HSH Nordbank blue race. Their destination: a finish line near the River Elbe in Hamburg, Germany.... [more]

Bribon leads Breitling MedCup at end of Day 5
By Event media,
At the end of each day of the Trofeo Alicante, the first regatta of the 2007 Breitling MedCup, there has been a different leader. Balearia, Patches, Caixa Galicia and today, Bribon... [more]

Pegasus Wins the 18' Skiff Europeans
By Team Pegasus,
Pegasus Racing (USA) posted another bullet. The improving Pindar Radii (GBR) team got close, but never managed to overall Howie Hamlin, and light air expert Stefan Rueger sailing UTI (SWI) finally posted a good result with a third. Grant Rollerson in De Longhi (AUS) had a shocker in 16th and this had the overall impact of moving Pindar Radii up to 4th overall, with Pegasus Racing (USA), Yandoo (AUS) and GE Commercial (GBR) keeping their podium placings.... [more]

Fisher's View: New Venue - New Life
By Bob Fisher,
Released for a couple of days from active service at the front, I was Audi-driven to Alicante and immediately fell in love with what I found. The TP52’s MedCup circus was in town and it was like a breath of fresh air with 23 boats lying stern-to at the quay and happy smiling faces everywhere (at least, for the most part).... [more]

Libertine and Alfa Romeo win Giraglia Rolex Cup
Although a number of boats crossed the finish line off Genoa late into the night on Friday through early Saturday morning, none were unable to alter Friday's provisional results at the Giraglia Rolex Cup.... [more]

Downtime Blogging -
By Mark Chisnell,
As usual there’s as much or more speculation about what the America's Cup community can expect from each team in the way of a future event, as there is about who will win. And apparent differences in opinion between the two finalists on that former topic continue to generate more heat than light.... [more]

Coutts fights jury at TP52's Trofeo Alicante
By Event media,
Artemis the Swedish boat skippered by three times America's Cup skipper Russell Coutts built a lead of over two and half minutes around the inshore course that took the fleet out from Alicante Bay around the Tabarca islands. Artemis was protested by the race committee for their error and after a long and drawn out deliberation initially they were disqualified.... [more]

Libertine wins overall IMS Giraglia Rolex Cup race
For the Giraglia Rolex Cup, Maurizio Biscardi's brand new boat performed beyond expectations. Biscardi's sailing experience is not very extensive by his own admission, but that did not stop him and his crew onboard Libertine from taking home the top position in this classic Mediterranean regatta.... [more]

British-European titles then Cowes Etchells Worlds
By Rob Kothe,
Just a week out from the 2007 Etchells Worlds Championship at Cowes, some forty crews from the UK, Ireland, Australia and the USA are lining up to take part in the British Open Etchells Championship being sailed out of the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club from Saturday 17 to Monday 19 June.... [more]

Artemis Investment Management - IMOCA Partnership
By Tim Kelly,
For 2007, Artemis Investment Management will take on an official role as Business Club Partner of IMOCA. The strategic alliance will see Artemis supporting all the activities within the class calendar of events. The Rolex Fastnet Race in August 2007 will see the partnership activated for the first time, with the intention to provide a mutually beneficial impact for the RORC (Royal Ocean Racing Club, organisers of the Fastnet Race), the title sponsor of the classic race, Rolex, and the teams competing in the event.... [more]

Etchells News - Slam on winning Bandwagon
By Media Services,
The 2007 Australian Etchells Mid Winter Championships off Mooloolaba last week finished with the Slam sponsored team led by Skip Lissiman, the 2006 Slam Australian Etchells Champion, on Bandwagon winning the six race event in a hotly contested 52 boat fleet.... [more]

Przemyslaw and Albaua crowned RS:X European Champs
There was all to play for in the medal races today. They were tough to watch and even tougher for the athletes. This was a straight fight for podium places in both the men’s and women’s 10 man starts. First off were the men at 1000hrs with around ten knots of shifty breeze in the early stages of establishing itself. There was huge drama as a result!... [more]

RS800 Fat Face Open event at Stokes Bay SC
By Sarah Marriott,
Round 6 of the RS800 Fat Face racing circuit took the fleet to Stokes Bay sailing club for a weekend of summer sailing and sunshine! The soaring temperatures weren’t the only incentive for a weekend of racing – the RS Summer Ball was also a key attraction… but more on that later! With 6 different race winners over the whole regatta the competition mirrored the weather…. Hot, hot, hot!... [more]

Gipsy Moth V - Salvaged items bring back memories
By Media Services,
Gipsy Moth V, was the last yacht of Sir Francis Chichester (1901 - 1972), the pioneer aviator, gold prospector, adventurer, navigator, real estate promoter, publisher, author and racing enthusiast.... [more]

Volkswagen Touareg European SB3 Championships
By Clare Molloy,
Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy hosts the UK’s biggest SB3 regatta of the year so far with the 80 boat Volkswagen Touareg European SB3 Championships from 19-22 June... [more]

Images TP52's racing Day 2 at Trofeo Alicante
Ingrid Abery captures all the action of the TP52's Day 2 racing at the Trofeo Alicante, the first regatta of the 2007 Breitling MedCup circuit.... [more]

Patches leads Trofeo Alicante - Breitling MedCup
By Event Media,
Ian Walker and the crew of the new Reichel-Pugh designed Patches, owned by Eamon Conneely, which tops the fleet of 23 TP52's at the Trofeo Alicante, the first regatta of the 2007 Breitling MedCup circuit... [more]

No record but Alfa Romeo in a class of her own
At 1230 CEST the super maxi Alfa Romeo crossed the finish line of the Giraglia Rolex Cup entirely alone. She may not have broken the current record, but Neville Crichton's 100-foot super maxi still had a stunning race finish today in the waters off the Port of Genoa.... [more]

Three-Way race for Flying Fifteen World Title
By Gerald New,
Race five of the Flying Fifteen World Championships at the Royal Port of Pollenca YC in Mallorca and a new winner and an abrupt closing of the leading three teams. Just as Mike Hart and Tim Hall (GBR) seemed to have things under control with a steady run of results, today’s race and the application of the discard, dramatically changed the picture... [more]

RS600 Fat Face circuit at Lee-on-the-Solent
By Andy Heissig,
The RS600 Fat Face circuit at Lee-on-the-Solent SC was greeted by warm sunshine and a light breeze. Racing was delayed slightly while the fleet waited for the sea breeze to arrive and eventually it cautiously came in from the south east... [more]

New Transatlantic Race to Test the Maxi Fleet
By Key Partners (KPMS),
Rolex SA and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) are to strengthen their quarter-century collaboration with the development of a new ocean race - the Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. Although the inaugural race is set to take place in late November, many Maxi yacht owners have already expressed their interest... [more]

RS K6 Fat Face Racing Circuit, Itchenor
By RS Media,
Sunny skies warm weather and a gentle breeze greeted the inaugural K6 Fat Face open meeting at Itchenor Sailing Club over the weekend of 2 & 3 June. Itchenor is the latest club to adopt the K6 in this fast growing fleet... [more]

RS200 Fat Face Racing Circuit at Stokes Bay
By RS Media,
Stokes Bay has always been a popular venue for RS classes and the weekend of June 9/10th proved to be no exception as 62 RS200’s competed in the fifth round of the Fat Face Racing Circuit... [more]

Hunstanton OK Open Meeting and World Qualifier
By Homer Goodhead,
Fifteen OK’s arrived at Hunstanton for the Open Meeting and World Qualifier event on the weekend of 9/10 June to be greeted by an easterly force 3/4 churning up a lumpy chop in The Wash... [more]

Glenn Ashby leads A Class European Championships
By Victorian Institute of Sport/GN,
VIS sailor Glenn Ashby is leading the 2007 A Class European Championships in Los Alcazares, Spain, after the third day of competition.... [more]

Cliffhanger in prospect for RS:X Europeans
By Ben Barger,
Competitors were held on the beach for seven hours until the evening breeze kicked in at 6-10 knots. A puff here; a puff there; the wind speed never really steadied but the direction was stable. Racing into the sunset, this was the last chance to make the top 10... [more]

International entries for RORC IRC Championships
By Louay Habib,
The majority of the yachts are from the United Kingdom, there are yachts competing from; Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Russia and the United States of America. Well over sixty yachts are expected to be racing on tight Solent courses with eight races planned over three days. Five classes are expected with yachts varying in size from 65ft to 29ft, all vying for the coveted RORC IRC Championship trophy.... [more]

Extreme 40s head to Lake Geneva
By Emily Caroe,
The iShares Endurance Races will give the Extreme 40 teams the opportunity to step away from the premier iShares Cup's short racing format and to stretch their legs on these longer, classic races. Although there are no actual iShares Cup points at stake in these endurance events, we expect to see teams push the boats in new ways.... [more]

Alfa Romeo out to beat own record - Giraglia Rolex Cup
After only a couple of minutes on the course, Alfa Romeo took the lead and seemed to fly on her way to Genoa. Wild Oats did not participate in the offshore race so that they could be sure to arrive in Palma de Mallorca on Saturday for the start of the Super Yacht Cup, leaving Neville Crichton to concentrate on breaking the current Giraglia record. Alfa Romeo holds the current race record, set in 2003, of 22h 13mn and 48s. In the next few hours, the winds must favour the long strides of the giant New Zealand boat in order for her to keep her current pace until the finish. Alfa Romeo must cross the finish line tomorrow morning, Thursday to break her four-year old current record, but only the weather decides if she will make it.... [more]

TP52 Breitling MedCup Day One
By Event Media,
Calm conditions still prevailed for race one today, officially the first windward-leeward competition of the 2007 Breitling MedCup Circuit in Alicante.... [more]

Fisher's View: Sabre Rattling
By Bob Fisher,
Just about this point in every America’s Cup that I have attended, the sabre rattling begins before the actual contest to determine the winner of the trophy. It doesn’t score points towards the series, but has often done much to cloud the direction of one or other of the contestants and this time it is beginning all over again.... [more]

Calais Round Britain Race : PRB First Place
By Agence Blanco Negro,
Vincent Riou (PRB), Jérémie Beyou (Delta Dore) and Jean Le Cam (VM Materiaux) complete the podium for this third edition of the Calais Round Britain Race. Coloured by fog and light winds the 2007 race time is 9 days 7 hrs 7 mins 36 secs or around 2.5 days longer than the record set in the 2005 edition, but in ideal conditions Riou improved on the 2003 Dover-Calais record last night, setting a new time of 1hr 08 mins 57 secs at an average speed of 7.35 kts... [more]

Drink and Sail alcohol limit to be introduced
By PRNewswire-GNN,
British Transport Minister Stephen Ladyman announced today that he will be pressing ahead with the introduction of an alcohol limit for non-professional mariners. The limit of 80 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood will be equivalent to that already in existence for professional mariners, and will apply to those persons involved in the navigation of a vessel greater than 7 metres in length and/or capable of a maximum speed of more than 7 knots... [more]

One hand on the Trophy - Flying 15 Worlds day 4
By Gerald New,
Day four of the Flying Fifteen World Championship in Mallorca was scheduled as a lay day, but to catch up on the timetable race 4 was held. And for overall leaders Mike Hart and Tim Hall (GBR) it was the right decision... [more]

RS500 Open Meeting at Stokes Bay SC
By RS media,
Team Pillings again showed their class with 4 bullets out of 6 races at the RS500 Stokes Bay Sailing Club Open Meeting on 9-10 June. The remaining places were hard-fought, with the Todd sisters continuing to fight with a second, Giles/Hatton in third, and the younger teams of Holmes/Ellis and Team Ackroyd in fourth and fifth... [more]

Entry fee waived for 2007 Mansura Trophy Competition
By Peta Stuart-Hunt | PR Works,
The Trustees of the Mansura Trophy Competition that was launched worldwide in February under the auspices of the Royal Thames YC, are now delighted to announce that, thanks to the the support of The Green Blue they are able to offer free entry for the 2007 Competition to ensure a truly level playing field for the competitors, irrespective of corporate size and resources... [more]

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston to sail in Round The Island Race
By Sophy Williams,
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has announced that he will be participating in this year's edition of the JP Morgan Asset Management Round The Island Race, which takes place on Saturday 23 June 2007... [more]

International Swan 42 Circuit announced
By Nick Gower,
Nautor’s Swan, manufacturers of luxury performance sailing yachts of unrivalled quality, has announced the 2008 circuit for its upcoming and increasingly successful Club Swan 42 model... [more]

A day when losing in St Tropez was a good thing
By Rob Mundle,
For Bob Oatley, owner of the 30-metre long Australian supermaxi, Wild Oats XI, a loss to his yacht’s near sistership, Alfa Romeo (Neville Crichton) by 12 minutes in the final short-distance race of the Giraglia Rolex Cup off St Tropez today was 'a good thing.'... [more]

Giraglia Rolex Cup Day 3 inshore races
It was the last day of the 2007 Giraglia Rolex Cup inshore races here in Saint Tropez and tensions were high as the leaders of each class set out on the water. Alfa Romeo's lead never faltered as she finished the race in 1st position, 12 minutes ahead of Wild Oats XI who ended up finishing 3rd in the race after Magic Carpet Squared took 2nd place on corrected time.... [more]

Alinghi boss attacks 'ungrateful' Kiwis
By Greg Ford,,
In a wide ranging interview with the New York Times the billionaire, who won the Cup off Team New Zealand, accused Dalton of showing a lack of gratitude after he granted him a loan to stave off financial ruin in 2003. The unsolicited shot over Dalton's bow appears to have been sparked by an interview he gave to Fairfax Media in which he discussed re-introducing a nationality clause into the America's Cup if Team New Zealand wins it back later this month.... [more]

2007 RS:X Europeans Day 4 Miarczynski flies away
By Ben Barger,
The fleets had a rest day yesterday so were eager to get under way today. However, the wind seemed strangely reluctant. It maxed out at 8 knots but generally could only manage 5 or 6. Qingdao here we come!... [more]

Flying Fifteen World Championship - Day 3
By Gerald New,
Day 3 of the Flying Fifteen World Championship at the Royal Port of Pollenca YC, Mallorca and a win in the first race of the day for the Australian pair, Ron Packer and Peter Munford. In the second race Charles Apthorp and Dave Richards (GBR) got into single figures for the first time this week, to take the win... [more]

White-knuckle ride for Solo Open Meeting
By Adrian Griffin.,
Salcombe’s spring open meeting sponsored by Barney Greenhill was held over the bank holiday week-end and attracted an entry of 21 Solos including ten visitors. Four races were held with three to count... [more]

Bulletproof Riou!
By Agence Blanco Negro,
Winner of the 2003 edition of the Calais Round Britain Race and Vendee Globe, Vincent Riou and his crew look set to take victory in this 2007 edition of 'the Calais' around 2300 hours French time after over 9 days of racing. Conditions tonight look favourable for the Dover-Calais Record... [more]

New network of RS Academies open across UK
By RS media,
In recent weeks, the first five of a new network of RS Academies have been created, offering sailors the opportunity to train in an RS. LDC Racing Sailboats are forming partnerships with high standard RYA-approved centres, staffed by RYA-qualified professional instructors, to create high-quality sail training venues across the UK... [more]

Firefly Open at Hamble River Sailing Club
By Mark Tait,
Despite the forecast being skeptical about whether there’d be any wind for the weekend 20 fireflies turned up for the Hamble River SC open, to be greeted by hazy sunshine and a calm river... [more]

Ranelagh SC National 12 Open Meeting
By Zoe Ballantyne,
In spite of a very unpromising look to the wind forecast on the Sunday morning eight National Twelves tuned up to compete for the very beautiful trophy – a silver National Twelve first sailed for in 1937... [more]

New York Yacht Club’s 153rd Annual Regatta
By Michael Levitt,
The New York Yacht Club’s 153rd Annual Regatta presented by Rolex saw 94 yachts compete on Saturday and Sunday. Also, the Around the Island Race – the Friday preamble to the Annual Regatta -- saw 65 of those yachts race.... [more]

Wild Oats scores on both counts
Taking first place today in both real and corrected time, the Australians move into the top three below Favonius and Magic Carpet, who have the overall rank of first and second respectively after two days of inshore races. In the much disputed IMS Class Group A, Atalanta II lost her first place position to Edimetra VI, who came in 7th in the second race and who is now leading the overall ranking.... [more]

FF Worlds race 1 Monday
By Gerald New,
Mike Hart and Tim Hall (Port Dinorwic YC, GBR) won the opening race of the 16th Flying Fifteen World Championship that got underway Monday at the Royal Port de Pollença YC, Mallorca... [more]

Images of the Moth Open at Hayling
By Tony Aitken,
Images by Tony Aitken of the Moth Open at Hayling Island SC last weekend... [more]

Payne wins close Foiler Open at Hayling
By Paul Brotherton,
The carbon rich Moth fleet dipped their wings into Hayling Bay on the 9 and 10 of June, the last UK event before the Worlds in Garda at the end of the month. Simon Payne and Jason Belben showed themselves masters of the foils, between them winning all the races, with Payne topping Belben by a point... [more]

Solos beat fog to complete Tyler Trophy Open
By Barry Blaydes,
Will Loy from Reading SC was the winner of the 46th annual Tyler Trophy open meeting at Hayling Island SC over the weekend. A fleet of 35 Solos took part in what was forecast to be nil wind!... [more]

Vincent Riou on PRB heading for victory
By Agence Blanco Negro,
Victory for Vincent Riou’s crew on PRB 'almost' assured tomorrow, whilst second place is wide open. The head of the fleet will experience light winds tonight but the chasing pack are likely to suffer them even more... [more]

RS Feva Fat Face Open at Lee-on-Solent
By RS media,
Lee-on-Solent was the venue for the third Fat Face Open Event on the 9 and 10 of June. The fleet was welcomed to a flat calm sea and a building tide. The first race was scheduled for 1pm and thankfully the breeze began to slowly kick in at 2pm... [more]

JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race
By Flavia Bateson,
With just 12 days to go to this year’s JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, entry numbers are showing an increase on 2006 and stand at a current total of 1,738, the second largest in the history of the race... [more]

Three in a row for Goodison at Laser Europeans
A busy weekend of European Championship action across the Olympic classes has seen British sailor Paul Goodison top the podium at the Laser European Championships, clinching victory on the final day of racing in Hyeres, France... [more]

Peter Morton wins Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2007
By Fiona Brown,
Peter Morton and his Espada crew of Kelvin Rawlings, John Newnham, Stuart Childerly and John Kemp are the 2007 Coutts Quarter Ton Cup Champions. Designed by Bruce Farr in 1980 Espada has undergone extensive restoration work in the past two years, virtually all of it undertaken by Peter and his crew personally... [more]

Alfa Romeo beats Wild Oats in Giraglia Race One
By Edward Rowe,
The first day (10 June 2007) of the Giraglia Rolex Cup finished with a beautiful line honours victory for New Zealand's Neville Crichton’s ‘Alfa Romeo’ over arch rival Australian Bob Oatley's Wild Oats, which tried but could not compete with the Kiwi boat's supremacy on the course.... [more]

Hanseatic Lloyd Dragon Grand Prix - Preview
By Dragon media,
The Hanseatic Lloyd Dragon Grand Prix Germany 2007 will be sailed from 21 to 24 July. The regatta is organized by the Kieler Yacht-Club in cooperation with the Yacht-Club Strande in the bay off Kiel, Strande... [more]

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