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25 Jun 2007

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The America’s Cup surprised a lot of people Sunday. The losing team from the first day, Emirates Team New Zealand, came back to win the second race.

This is something of an unusual event in the history of the event, which generally goes to a 5 to 0 score-line. We are now in uncharted waters – all bets are off.

While two boats off Valencia captured the media headlines, nearly 1,800 yachts raced round the Isle of Wight as they do every year, and over in the Netherlands hundreds of catamarans raced around Texel.

So here we have last week’s events and keep logging into for even more.

Remember you can still get the America’s Cup Newsletter delivered to your mailbox every day with in depth reports and reviews.

Gerald New
UK Editor

Bang, Crash, Wallop . . . its the Etchells World Championship
By Fiona Brown,
Even though the regatta has yet to begin it was a day of drama here at the 2007 Etchells World Championship in Cowes. Whilst preparing for the start of today's practise race GBR1353 Arbitrator, helmed by Graham Bailey with Stephen Bailey and David Heritage crewing, was seriously damaged in a port/starboard collision with GBR987 Bedrock... [more]

Fisher's View: What a difference a day makes
By Bob Fisher,
Not since Paul Cayard beat Bill Koch’s America³ with Il Moro di Venezia on May 10th 1992 has a challenger beaten a defender to level the America’s Cup series, but when Brad Butterworth momentarily dropped his guard, Dean Barker pounced and Team New Zealand went into a lead that she kept to the finish to turn the score line to 1-1.... [more]

America’s Cup Quotes of Day Race 2
After the historic victory for Emirates Team New Zealand, Ernesto Bertarelli, Brad Butterworth and Murray Jones from Alinghi, Ray Davies and Don Cowie from Emirates Team New Zealand were at the post race Media Conference.... [more]

NZL 92 from behind to beat SUI 100- America's Cup
By Warren Douglas,
In the America's Cup Race 2, Alinghi had led almost from the start. But Dean Barker and the crew held their nerve, minimised their losses and waited for their moment. On the run to the finish NZL 92 extended further when Alinghi gybed away. SUI 100 gybed back but the race was lost, NZL 92 crossing the line 28 second ahead.... [more]

Images from Race 1 of the America's Cup
By Media Services,
Images from Race 1 of the America's Cup from photographer Ingrid Abery. Alinghi defeated Emirates Team New Zealand and Ingrid captured the action on and off the water... [more]

International Moth World Championship - Pre-Event
The Moth Worlds get under way with a 'pre-event' today, Sunday. Three races to get everyone use to the idea of 70+ Moths in close proximity as well as the race organisation coping with the P course the class use... [more]

Bundock/Ashby win 30th Zwitserleven Round Texel
By Diana Bogaards,
On Saturday, the Nissan Pro Team Bundock/Ashby won the 30th Zwitserleven Round Texel Race on handicap. The Aussies started with their F18 Hobie Tiger as the furthest boat on the right and grabbed the lead on elapsed time. The experimental Dutch M20’s of Pols/Veenstra and Dercksen/Mcintosh battled for the line honours... [more]

Alinghi Crew List and Forecast for Race 2
By Alinghi Media,
Alinghi Crew List and Forecast for Race 2 of the 32nd America's Cup, presented by Louis Vuitton. Winds forecast to lighter than for race 1... [more]

Stenhouse takes Musto Skiff World title
By Media/SW,
Britain's Richard Stenhouse took the title at the first Musto Skiff World Championship held at Fraglia Vela Malcesine on Lake Garda. An excellent entry of 86 competitors from twelve countries including long distance travellers from Australia, New Zealand and the US enjoyed typical Garda conditions.... [more]

Line honours for Ellen
By Flavia Bateson,
Dame Ellen MacArthur, sailing the Extreme 40 catamaran JPMorgan Asset Management, has taken line honours in this year’s race... [more]

Gold Roman Bowl goes to Madelaine
By Flavia Bateson,
Provisional results show the top IRC boat on handicap and winner of the Gold Roman Bowl is Edward Donald’s Folkboat Madelaine. The 2007 JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race broke the record for the highest number of finishers in the history of the race. In the past ten years, 2001 saw 1,493 finishers.... [more]

ValenciaSailing: Alinghi start with a victory
The first race of the 32nd America's Cup Match saw the Defender successfully defending their trophy by scoring their first victory in front of a huge spectator fleet of more than 800 boats. It wasn't a race to right home about and it was decided on calling the wind correctly.... [more]

Fisher's View: First Blood to Alinghi
By Bob Fisher,
It came as no surprise to the majority in the Media Centre that Alinghi beat Emirates Team New Zealand, but the manner in which it occurred was foreign. Even the most casehardened observers admitted that what happened was unexpected. But Dean Barker did not agree.... [more]

Alinghi - Ugly but effective – Sailjuice
By Andy Rice,
If the America’s Cup was won on artistic merit, then Alinghi would have lost badly today. SUI 100 looked so ungainly bashing through the nasty slop and chop, giving the foredeck crew a good dousing every time they ventured up to the bow.... [more]

ICAP Leopard first monohull to finish
By Annabel Merrison, Pitch PR,
Mike Slade’s new supermaxi yacht, ICAP Leopard, this morning took monohull line honours in the JP Morgan Round the Island Race. Completing the 55 mile course in just 4 hours 23 minutes and 5 seconds, ICAP Leopard was only a matter of minutes from breaking the Round the Island Race record, held by Slade’s previous boat, Leopard of London in 2001... [more]

Artemis Ocean Racing wins Open 60 class
By Justine Ozoux - Pitch PR,
Artemis Ocean Racing (AOR), the sailing team sponsored by leading UK investment company, crossed the finish line of the JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race at 10.26 UK. It was a great victory for the Artemis crew, who arrived half an hour before Dee Caffari onboard Aviva, time, winning the Open 60 Class... [more]

America's Cup - Race 1 - Confident win for Alinghi
Alinghi, gave helmsman Ed Baird his first win in an America's Cup Match after a convincing display against Emirates Team New Zealand in the opening race of the 32nd America's Cup. The race got underway in front of a large spectator fleet in a gradient breeze of 12-13knots, more than was expected by the Principal Race Officer, Peter Reggio.... [more]

Fisher's View: Runners on or off
By Bob Fisher,
Just when you thought it was all settled . . . the Measurement Committee published Public Interpretation 46 (but has yet to release PI 45) that graphically shows just what it meant in words as to what (and what not) the sailors can do with their leeward running backstays... [more]

Enter Line 7/NZL-92 Signed Shirt Sweepstakes NOW!!
By Sail-World,
Right now you can enter the new competition to win a signed Emirates Team New Zealand shirt from Line 7.... [more]

Giles Scott wins Finn UK Nationals
By Media,
Giles Scott won the Finn UK Nationals sailed at Christchurch SC. Scott won all but one of the six races he sailed in Christchurch Bay, only dropping to second in the first race, won by runner-up Nick Craig... [more]

And they’re off! - Round the Island Race underway
By Flavia Bateson,
The JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race got underway on time at 5am on Saturday 23rd June 2007. Of the 1,800 boats entered, Mike Slade’s brand new ICAP Leopard, top of the handicap list in Class IRC0, established an early lead... [more]

Styles/Crawford win the Texel Dutch Open
By Diana Bogaards,
On Friday June 22, the British Fatface-team Styles/Crawford won the Texel Dutch Open after an exciting conclusion. In the end, the gap to Dutchmen Heemskerk and Tentij was only half a point. The British F18 Capricorn duo Gummer/Burke were third.... [more]

Quotes Of The Day: Opening Press Conference
By America's Cup Media,
Ernesto Bertarelli, President of Alinghi, and Defender of the America’s Cup, on how he feels about tomorrow: 'I am very excited about being on the water tomorrow and going for the first race. It’s been four years of waiting and a lot of work.... [more]

Watch history in the making - AC on TV
By Media PR,
The 32nd America´s Cup takes place off Valencia starting Saturday 23 June. The defender, the Swiss boat Alinghi, takes on the challenger from New Zealand, Emirates Team New Zealand, in a best of nine match race series - Sky TV are showing the complete series in the UK, starting at 13:00hrs Saturday... [more]

Coutts' Team Omega takes the lead - RC44's
By RC44 media,
The Lugano Yacht Club Race Committee executed four seamless fleet races. Despite two wins today, Dubai based Team Aqua, leaders of the RC44 Championship Tour, slipped into second place today moving Russell Coutts’ Team Omega to the top of the leader board.... [more]

Win America's Cup History - 2 volume set
By Media Services,
Enter the Sail-World online competition to win a copy of Bob Fisher's An Absorbing Interest. The definitive history of the America's Cup. Its two volumes covers the drama, boat design, personalities and sheer fascination of the America’s Cup.... [more]

Fisher's View: The Cup runners over
By Bob Fisher,
One cannot but not have sympathy for Ken McAlpine and the members of the CORD Measurement Committee. They’re damned if they do and they’re damned if they don’t, but they come back to stamp on their tormentors, and they do it in style.... [more]

Bullimore looks for sponsors
By Rob Kothe,
British sailor Tony Bullimore is looking for new sponsors to keep alive his campaign to set a new round the world record aboard the 102 foot catamaran Doha 2006.His Hobart-based spokesman, John Brierley, said Bullimore was flying to Britain in an attempt to drum up sponsorship deals. 'The next challenge very much hinges on money. If Tony cannot find backers, he will not be going anywhere.'... [more]

Letters from Valencia: Getting our bearings
By Penny and Ralph Roberts,
The long journey from New Zealand to Valencia is nearly over. We land at Heathrow Airport, but not without a little drama. After being told that we can disembark, we are hastily recalled to our seats as some security people are coming on board. Five members of what appears to be a SWAT team board the plane handcuff a guy and whip him off the plane. I guess we will never know why.... [more]

Maxis prepare for HSH Nordbank blue race
By Herb McCormick,
At the very front of the fleet, the duel is on between the Elliott 52, Outsider – with New Zealand yacht designer Greg Elliott one of nine crewmembers on Tilmar Hansen’s blazing 52-footer – and Irishman Gerard O’Rourke’s well-sailed Cookson 50, Chieftain.... [more]

Alinghi Favourites To Hold On To America’s Cup
By Media PR,
Despite a clean sweep in the Louis Vuitton Cup bookmakers William Hill rate Emirates Team NZ as their 11/8 outsiders to win the America’s Cup and offer the defending champions Alinghi at 8/15... [more]

Oppie join with John Merricks Sailing Trust
By Suzy Hamel,
The UK International Optimist Class Association is very pleased to formally announce that it is linking up with the John Merricks Sailing Trust as its official charity. As part of this link up, IOCA(UK) is very excited to announce that the Trust will be donating a brand new Optimist, which will be won by a sailor at the 2007 Optimist National Championships in Weymouth... [more]

Alinghi announce crew for Race 1
By Alinghi Media,
Alinghi syndicate head, Ernesto Bertarelli, team skipper, Brad Butterworth and design team coordinator, Grant Simmer, faced the media this morning to announce the race crew for the 32nd America’s Cup. The race yacht SUI100 had been announced earlier in the week to race in the Match.... [more]

Extreme 40s go Round the Island
By Emily Caroe,
Records and racing as the Extreme 40s go Round the IslandCowes, Isle of Wight, will mark the next stop on the iShares Cup Extreme 40 Sailing Series when four boats take part in the infamous 55-mile JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race.... [more]

Entries reach 300 for 2007 Rolex Fastnet race
By RORC/KPMS/Edward Rowe,
For the Rolex Fastnet Race, interest has been running high and the entry cut-off of 300 has now been reached well before the official closing date for entries. In consequence, organisers, the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), have set up a waiting list for the 608 mile race.... [more]

Stenhouse rules on day 2 at Musto Skiff Worlds
By Musto PS Event media,
The wind kicked in early and racing was held in a 10-16 knot of Ora breeze for the second day of the Musto Skiff Worlds at Fraglia Vela Malcesine, Garda. The first race of the day got off on time and the fleet again headed for the shore with the boats starting at the pin end (the non favoured end) starting to pull forwards as they approached the shore... [more]

Pattison and Ash lead I-14 Europeans
By Gerald New,
Douglas Pattison and Damian Ash lead the International 14 Europeans after two races were completed in Pornic, France. Andy and Tom Partington won the first race and are in second overall... [more]

Styles and Crawford keep lead at Texel
By Diana Bogaards,
On the second day of the Texel Dutch Open in the Netherlands, Hugh Styles and Ryan Crawford (GBR) consolidated their lead in the Open Class I. They finished third and first on handicap, racing a F18 Nacra Infusion... [more]

RS700 Sail4Cancer Raffle – 2007
By RS700 media,
Following the success of the raffle held at the 2006 Nationals in Eastbourne, the RS700 class will again be holding a draw in aid of the charity Sail4Cancer. The prize fund is even bigger than last years with many thanks for the continued and generous support going to Hyde, LDC and Seasure.... [more]

VW Touareg Laser SB3 Europeans - Day 3
By Clare Molloy,
The penultimate day of the VW Touareg Laser SB3 European Championships at the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy was another windy affair. 20+ knots Southerly breeze and 2.5m waves gave competitors another fantastic day of racing in Weymouth Harbour... [more]

National 12 Gill Series at Harwich YC
By Zoe Ballantyne,
Round 4 of the 2007 National 12 Gill Series was held at Royal Harwich YC on 16 and 17 June, a joint meeting with Larks and Fireflies. With more than 60 boats, including 27 Twelves the event was an excellent success both on and off the water... [more]

Pinnell and Gibbon win 505 National Champs
By 505 media,
505's from all over Britain and Ireland gathered to contest the 2007 British Championships, at one of the best sailing venues in the UK. This year the fleet included substantial and increasing representation from Scotland and Ireland.... [more]

Kiel Week Olympic classes - Final positions
By Gerald New,
Final day of the Olympic classes at Kiel Week and Megan Pascoe, with a bronze in the 2.4mR class, was the best placed finisher of the small group of British competitors at Kiel... [more]

Richmond wins Prelude for the X-35 World Champions
By Media,
Wednesday, 35 entries from eight nations (GBR, EST, NED, DEN, SWE, BEL, NOR, GER) finished two prelude races on the outer Kiel Firth. The British team, Cool Running, with helmsman Mark Richmond won the days first race and finished the second race as 2nd, leaving the victory in the later race to Mati Sepp on Hermes – X and his crew from Estonia... [more]

Clipper Skipper for Uniquely Singapore
By Clipper Ventures,
Singapore’s entry in the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race will be skippered by British sailor, Mark Preedy. Mark, 35, has already become quite attached to Uniquely Singapore Clipper, having skippered her to events in Scotland, the Isle of Man and Dublin, as well as the ceremony last month at St Katharine Docks in London to mark the launch of this campaign.... [more]

The America's Cup - will it be different this time?
By Gerald New,
The America's Cup - yes the real thing - gets under way this Saturday, 23 June. The weekend newspapers, expecting a heightened UK interest in the upcoming America's Cup produced lavish explanatory articles to lead their readers through the intricacies of the event... [more]

Stenhouse leads inaugural Musto PS Worlds at Garda
By Musto PS Event media,
86 boats from 12 nations lined up on the start line for the first formal world championships following the ISAF ratification of the Musto Performance Skiff Class last year.... [more]

Light winds order of the day in Lugano for RC44s
By RC44 media,
Lugano’s fickle weather system continued to mystify the RC44 Class on the second day of the RC44 Lugano Yacht Club Cup. As the teams eagerly looked over the day’s pairings for the match races, it was unclear if there would be any racing... [more]

Styles leads after first day of Texel Dutch Open
By Diana Bogaards,
Hugh Styles and Ryan Crawford (GBR) scored two bullets on the first day of the Texel Dutch Open 2007 in the Netherlands. The British sailors shined at boat speed with their Nacra Infusion and ‘simple sailing’, as they called it... [more]

Etchells World Championship 2007 - Preview
By Fiona Brown,
This week Etchells sailors from Italy, Australia, Sweden, Ireland, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Bermuda, the USA and Britain are congregating at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Cowes in preparation for the 2007 Etchells World Championship... [more]

Alinghi to race SUI100 in America's Cup match
By Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
Alinghi is pleased to announce that the team will race SUI100 in the 32nd America’s Cup Match. Earlier today the measurement process was completed and the team will register SUI100 as required.... [more]

Laser SB3 European Championships - Day 2
By Clare Molloy,
Another great day of strong breezes and sunshine greeted the 77 boats competing in the Laser SB3 European Championships at the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy Wednesday... [more]

RS400 Fat Face Circuit Event at Lee on Solent
By Paul Hilliar,
35 RS400s defied the windless forecast to attend the Fat Face circuit event at Lee on Solent and were rewarded with sunshine and breeze... [more]

Countdown to JP Morgan Round the Island Race
By Annabel Merrison, Pitch PR,
Ocean Marine, the British sailing team owned by Mike Slade, today confirmed the line up aboard the brand new 100 foot ICAP Leopard for the annual JP Morgan Round the Island Race on Saturday 23 June. America’s Cup sailor Adrian Stead and Volvo Ocean Race veterans Jules Salter and Tim Powell will join Mike Slade in the afterguard, with Volvo Ocean Race sailors Jason Carrington and Justin Slattery on the bow... [more]

Try a Daring and Dragon great success
By Fiona Brown,
More than thirty would be keelboat sailors came to Cowes over the weekend of 16-17 June to take part in the Cowes Keelboat 'Boatcamp' jointly organised by the Cowes Daring and International Dragon fleets and hosted by the Royal London Yacht Club... [more]

Cayard, Coutts, Onorato, Gram-Hansen - RC44s
By RC44 media,
Team Omega, with guest helmsman Ronnie Pieper, VP of the Swiss Sailing Federation and a 5.5m World Champion, smoothly dominated the first of the three fleet races. Team Omega, with Russell Coutts calling tactics, swiftly passed Vincenzo Onorato’s Mascalzone Latino, on the first windward leg and led the fleet around the course.... [more]

Images from The Superyacht Cup Ulysse Nardin
By Kate Branagh/,
The Superyacht Cup Ulysse Nardin was the largest and most spectacular gathering of sailing superyachts that has ever been seen, with over two kilometres of yachts lined up bow to stern.... [more]

Pink Gin wins New Zealand Millennium Cup
By Kate Branagh,
The final day of The Superyacht Cup was New Zealand Millennium Cup day bringing the most testing conditions for the fifty-two sailing superyachts with a solid 17 to 22 knot southwesterly breeze on the Bay of Palma.... [more]

Why Emirates TNZ will win The America's Cup - 2
By Richard Gladwell,
Today we continue Sail-World NZ’s look at the 32nd America’s Cup Match, analysing what we see as the points of difference between the Challenger, Emirates Team New Zealand and the defender, Alinghi.... [more]

RS:X International Youth and Under 21 Championship
By Ben Barger, RS:X Media,
With the successful conclusion of the 2007 of RS:X European Championship, our thoughts now turn to the upcoming inaugural RS:X Youth World Championship in Sopot, Poland which will take place between July 27th and August 5th... [more]

VW Touareg Laser SB3 Europeans - Day 1
By Clare Molloy,
The first day of the Laser SB3 European Championships in Weymouth Bay saw the sort of conditions that had been hoped for: A strong south easterly breeze of 15-18 knots, with a nice swell, and the wind building in the afternoon to a steady 20+ knots... [more]

Fireballs and big waves, classic Shoreham sailing
By Tim Saunders,
Thirty Fireballs enjoyed fantastic conditions at Shoreham Sailing Club on the 16 and 17 of June. The racing on Saturday was held in around 20 knots in big waves, classic Shoreham conditions!... [more]

Superyacht Cup Ulysse Nardin Day Two
By Kate Branagh,
Stronger winds and testing tactical conditions saw major changes in fortunes throughout the Superyacht Cup fleet for the second day of sailing for the Astilleros de Mallorca Rally.... [more]

RS-K6 Fat Face circuit at Aldeburgh
By Peter Kirkby,
While the rest of the UK coped with flood warnings, Aldeburgh layed-on sunshine and 10-20 knot breezes for the fourth event in the K6 Fat Face circuit. Aledburgh ‘virgins’ find it difficult to understand the appeal of racing on the river. However, when it’s blowing straight up the river at 20 knots with an asymmetric fleet, it’s like popcorn in a microwave... [more]

Cup Statistics favour Emirates Team NZ?
By America's Cup Media,
The America’s Cup Match between Emirates Team New Zealand and Alinghi is a dream come true for fans of the Kiwi team. Since their team lost to Alinghi by a 5-0 sweep in 2003, the whole country has been waiting for the re-match. But to get there, Emirates Team New Zealand would first need to win the Louis Vuitton Cup.... [more]

Kiel Week - day 4
By Media,
Kiel Week Day 4and here are the results to date, that we could get, other results were not functioning on the results area.... [more]

Tough Phantom Open at Shoreham SC
By Simon Childs,
The Phantoms shared some superb sea sailing conditions with the Fireballs at Shoreham over the weekend of 16/17 June. Despite a disappointing turnout following a busy few weekends a superb weekends sailing was had by all... [more]

RS300 at FatFace UK racing circuit event
By RS media,
Fourteen RS300s competed in the fourth round of the FatFace UK racing circuit at Stokes Bay Sailing on the weekend of the 9-10 June. Undeterred by the prospect of little wind and the choice of attending the Northern Tour event at Combs SC competitors were greeted by glorious sunshine, a glass-like solent and soaring temperatures... [more]

1,796 enter for Round the Island Race
By Flavia Bateson,
When entries closed on 16 June for the 2007 JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, the total stood at 1,796 the second highest in the history of the event. Only once has this number been exceeded, and then by only 17. This was in 1989, the centenary of the Island Sailing Club, organisers of the race since 1931... [more]

America's Cup Interpretation back to Committee
By America's Cup Media,
A decision has been reached in ACJ 034, an application by Alinghi, 'seeking a Decision that the Measurement Committee has made an unauthorised amendment to the America’s Cup Class Rule…' in Public Interpretation 41.... [more]

Seven new crew members for Ericsson Racing Team
By Ola Rembe,
Seven new sailors join the Ericsson Racing Team: Tony Mutter, Dave Endean, Noel Drennan, Brad Jackson, Richard Mason, Stu Bannatyne and Ryan Godfrey. Together with skipper John Kostecki and all the team united around them, they have decided to make the Volvo Ocean Race 2008 - 09 their primary objective.... [more]

Alinghi wins protest decision over backstays
By Sail-World,
America's Cup Defender, Alinghi, has won a protest over a series of Public Interpretations given by the ACC Technical Director, Ken McAlpine. The three interpretations relate to the seemingly innocuous matter of whether backstays can be led forward when not in use.... [more]

Birdy makes his dream come true
By Barry Moss/Paula Southworth,
Nigel Bird is the Enterprise Masters Champion and as he has now just turned 50 he is also eligible for the Ken Bird Trophy, which was presented by his Father for the 1st over 50 Master. The winning of this Trophy meant a great deal to Nigel... [more]

Mini Fastnet start delayed and course changed
By Ana Lukanc / Adria4ocean /,
A hundred Classe Mini boats were due to start on the 2007 Mini Fastnet double handed race at 12.00 today, Sunday 17th, but the bad weather system approching rapidly changed the course. Late last night the race comittee announced that the French naval authorities do not allow any Classe Mini boats in the open sea after Tuesday morning.... [more]

Difficult day for Olympic classes at Kiel
By Event media/S-W,
Difficult conditions at Kiel. All race courses of Kieler Woche were becalmed all day long and consequently the competitors of the Olympic Classes practiced patience around the Schilksee harbour... [more]

Dee Caffari is made an MBE
By Media,
Record-breaking Hampshire solo sailor Dee Caffari was made an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours. She became the first woman to sail solo non-stop around the world against prevailing winds and currents in 2006... [more]

Team NZ waka dead in the water at Valencia - SSTLive
The website is reporting that Alinghi boss Ernesto Bertarelli has refused permission for a waka to accompany Team New Zealand to the starts of the America's Cup final. The 16-paddler waka, originally provided by the Toi Maori (Maori Arts) organisation to show support for Team New Zealand at the start of the challenger series in April, was left in Valencia to add atmosphere for the final, if Dean Barker's crew could get that far.... [more]

Ashby wins A Class European Championship
By Media Services/VIS,
Glenn Ashby won the 2007 A Class European Championship at the weekend in Los Alcazares, Spain. Ashby and World Champion team-mate Darren Bundock have registered for this week’s Round Texel Race in the Netherlands, which begins on Saturday.... [more]

Anchoring the Cup in a new Era? Then what?
By TFE,,
'We made big changes this time round. We're looking to build and consolidate on that, not make massive changes.' -- Alinghi's General Counsel, Hamish Ross (NZL), in a Reuters story by Jane Barrett that has been running in various papers around the world over the weekend. Key excerpts from the article, with some reading of the tea leaves by your Ed.(TFE) in bold:... [more]

Images: Day 2, Super Yacht Cup, Palma de Mallorca
By Gilles Martin-Raget,
Gilles Martin-Raget's images from Day 2, Super Yacht Cup, Palma de Mallorca (Spain)... [more]

Firefly Open at Royal Harwich YC
By Amy Morris,
Fifteen Firefly dinghies descended on Royal Harwich Yacht Club on June 16th and 17th to sail in what turned out to be a closely fought Open meeting. The weekend was shared with Larks and National 12's and Graham Ireland as race officer set some ingenious courses that kept us apart... [more]

Flying Fifteens Classic at Cardiff Bay YC
By FF media,
The sun shone brightly in clear skies for the Cardiff Bay Yacht Club Flying Fifteens Classic with competitive racing in light winds. Graham Lamond and Scott Train were clear winners of the Flying 15 Dragon Trophy classic event in their beautiful Chippendale Fifteen... [more]

Graham Dalton completes his journey to Bilbao
By Tim Kelly,
Following a journey that has captured the imagination of sailing fans and people from all over the world, Graham Dalton, onboard his Open 50 A SOUTHERN MAN - AGD, today completed his spiritual journey when he arrived at 03:15 local time (02:15 UTC) into Bilbao, Spanish Basque Country.... [more]

La Solitaire Afflelou Le Figaro -55 boats to start
By Event media,
55 competitors, 15 of whom are rookies, will set off on the 31st July 2007 on the Summer’s highlight event, the 38th edition of La Solitaire Afflelou Le Figaro, which over time has gained a reputation for being THE undisputable race of the Figaro Bénéteau circuit.more]

Entries pour in for Optimists World Championship
By Robert Wilkes,
A new record entry of 256 sailors for the IODA World Championship is reported by hosts the Y.C. Cagliari in Sardinia. 56 countries will be represented by up to five sailors per country... [more]

Superyacht Cup fleet fills the Bay of Palma
By Kate Branagh,
The majestic three masted 88.6m (288ft) schooner Maltese Falcon built by Perini Navi of Italy led the fleet away. Wild Oats IX and her near sistership Alfa Romeo were the last to start 55 minutes after Maltese Falcon in the pursuit and soon made rapid progress through the fleet.... [more]

Possible Tornado successor in Round Texel Race
By Media,
Herbert Dercksen takes the helm of the prototype Volvo Extreme 20, with Aaron Mcintosh (NZL) crewing. A possible successor of the Tornado the VX20 carries a Tornado mast, the jib is smaller and the main a bit bigger. The VX20 weighs 125 kilograms, which is 45kg less than the Tornado... [more]

OK Mason Cup sailed overnight at Overy Staithe
By Robert Deaves,
Now in its 37th year, the Mason Cup for OK Dinghies was sailed at Overy Staithe Sailing Club overnight on the 16-17 June. As is traditional it was sailed on high spring tides, that in Norfolk occur in the evenings and mornings. Thus the first start at 7.00pm allowed for a leisurely Saturday... [more]

Kieler Woche gets off to slow start
By Gerald New,
Some competitors have decided to give the German regatta a miss to get in more training for the ISAF Worlds in Portugal from 12 to 21 July. Most of the top British seeming to have done this. Among those those Brits racing at Kiel, Helena Lucas, in the 2.4mR class, is fifth after five races, and Chris Brittle is fourth after four races in the Finn event... [more]

Liverpool YC Summer Series starts
By Richard Baldwin,
Liverpool Yacht Club held the first race in their Summer Series on Sunday 17 June. This race was also Hoylake SC’s Mersey/Wirral Regatta race... [more]

Why Emirates TNZ will win the America’s Cup 5-0
By Richard Gladwell,
For the 32nd America’s Cup this scribe is expecting to see a 5-0 win to Emirates Team New Zealand. Here’s why in the first of a two-part series.... [more]

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