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02 Jul 2007

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The America's Cup is at a final death stage, but we will have to wait until at least Tuesday to see if Alinghi can wrap up a successful defence. For the Emirates New Zealand every race now is to live another day. What ever the result Tuesday this 32nd challenge is already a classic and will have done much to raise the profile for future events.

But, meanwhile, some events did get a result; the Etchells World title went to Andy Beadsworth, Oscar Strugstad and Simon Fry of Briton, while the Moth World title went to Rohan Veal of Australia and the RORC IRC title to Love Shack, the Beneteau 40.7 of Tim Spalding.
As we move into July the Olympic classes take centre stage with the ISAF Worlds in Portugal. Keep looking at for all the news as it happens.

Gerald New
UK Editor

RORC IRC Championship - Day 3
By Louay Habib,
The last day of the RORC IRC Championship and the big breeze was back from the south west; 25 knots gusting up to 30 knots. Sunday proved to be a dramatic conclusion to the event - Love Shack, the Beneteau 40.7 of Tim Spalding was the winner of the RORC IRC Championship Trophy... [more]

Liverpool YC Summer Series in strong conditions
By Richard Baldwin,
Liverpool Yacht Club held the second race in their Summer Series on Sunday 1 July. This race was also Dee SC’s Mersey/Wirral Regatta race. The resultant wind strength was such that spinnakers were at the top of their wind range and several yachts decided that prudence was required... [more]

America's Cup postponed for the day
Any hope of holding the much-anticipated Race 7 was called off today just after 16:00 hours, as the wind refused to settle down sufficiently for a fair match... [more]

Optimist Open Meeting at Hayling Island SC - Final
By Gerald New,
Over 100 Optimist sailors are at HISC for the Open Meeting. After the first day, with three races completed, Alex Mothersele, ESSC, led the Main fleet after winning all three races. Second was James Parker-Mowbray, FOSSC/CBYC, and in third place Tarra Gill-Taylor, Spinnaker SC... [more]

Editorial: Down, but certainly not out
By Richard Gladwell, NZL Editor,
Organisers no doubt have the preparations underway for the presentation of the America’s Cup to Alinghi, tomorrow. In fact, the timber was probably being sorted for the Kiwi’s coffin a day or so ago... [more]

Little's Bounder capsizes off St Catherines Point
By Media,
The Juan K design, Little Bounder, is reported to have lost its keel in a position 2.5 miles-south east of St Catherines Point Lighthouse on Saturday - all 14 crew were lifted off to safety... [more]

New Moth Champion Rohan Veal takes time-out
By Gerald New,
With the new International Moth World Champion, Rohan Veal of Australia, taking time out from the final two races, it was left for the rest of the fleet to improve their positions on the final day at Lake Garda... [more]

Day 2 of the RORC IRC Championship
By Louay Habib,
Louay Habib reports from day two of the RORC IRC Championship. Weather conditions had abated from the previous day, giving a south westerly gradient breeze of 10 to 15 knots. A fine grey mist shrouded the Solent and rain showers added to the poor visibility for the competitors at the RORC IRC Championships racing on day 2 of the regatta... [more]

Fisher's View: Valinghi or Valenzia
By Bob Fisher,
The destination of the America’s Cup is close to being decided and it has never been this close. Six races have been held and the biggest winning margin has been 35 seconds. Every race could have gone either way and the forecast superiority of the defender has been proved to be a myth.... [more]

Beadsworth wins Etchells Worlds - Smith second
By Fiona Brown,
2006 World Champion Jud Smith, sailing USA1361 with David McClintock and Steve Girling, bowed out of his tenure as World Champion in true style by giving the rest of the fleet a master class in Etchells sailing to win the final race and take second overall. But the day belonged to Andy Beadsworth, Oscar Strugstad and Simon Fry, sailing GBR1361, as they took on and ultimately trounced Ante Razmilovic, Jez Fanstone and Stuart Flinn sailing GBR1333, in a stunning final show down for the championship.... [more]

Quotes of the Day - Race 6, America’s Cup
By America's Cup Media,
America’s Cup Post Race Press conference race six, Brad Butterworth, Juan Vila, Alinghi, Dean Barker, Adam Beashel, Emirates Team New Zealand... [more]

Ainslie to miss World Championships
Due to Ben Ainslie’s ongoing commitments with Emirates Team New Zealand at the America’s Cup in Valencia, he will be unable to compete at the forthcoming ISAF World Sailing Championships in Cascais, Portugal... [more]

Alinghi move to Match Point after another comeback
Race 6 of the 32nd America’s Cup got away in a light seabreeze of 8-10 knots, and flat seas, in contrast to yesterday’s fresh conditions. The only crew change was aboard NZL-92 with trimmer, Rob Salthouse stepping in for Grant Loretz who was ill Emirates TNZ entered from the port end with Alinghi coming from starboard. They engaged in a stalled position after the first dial-up and stayed that way for two minutes.... [more]

Images from Race 5 - That spinnaker incident
By Media,
New Zealand Emirates lost race 5 of the America's Cup in an incident that has added more drama to what is turning out to be one of the closest and most incident filled matches in the long history of this event. In a 'finger in the dam' type incident, a small tear suddenly exploded the spinnaker during the peel... [more]

Rohan Veal - Moth World and Open European Champion
By Rohan Veal,
Australian Rohan Veal becomes the 2007 Moth World and Open European Champion with eight straight wins. It is not necessary for Veal to sail the final day. In second place is fellow Aussie Scott Babbage, also not needing to sail on the final day to retain his place... [more]

Fisher's View: Red nylon everywhere
By Bob Fisher,
One small tear, about five centimetres across ('the size of a 20-cent coin,' according to Grant Dalton), but in the highly stressed area of Emirates Team New Zealand’s red asymmetric spinnaker, at the upper end of the tack reinforcement, was the cause of the Kiwis failing to win the fifth race of the America’s Cup.... [more]

Day 1 of the RORC IRC Championship
By Louay Habib,
Leaden skies and viscous squalls on the first day of the RORC IRC Championship held in the Solent, brought some really testing conditions. The mean wind speed was 25 knots from the south west, gusting up to 35 knots and staying under control was a crucial factor. Race 3 was cancelled, with conditions such, that it was becoming hazardous for the Race Officers on the committee boats, let alone the competitors... [more]

Bloodied but unbowed, America's Cup by SailJuice
By Andy Rice -,
Today SUI 100 won a race in classic Valencian sea breeze conditions, a steady 14-17 knots, the exact conditions in which Alinghi had been predicted to be unstoppable. So all the pre-series hype about Alinghi having a massive speed edge is true then? Er, not quite. They won alright, but not for the reasons you might have thought.... [more]

Etchells blown away - No Racing Due To Strong Wind
By Fiona Brown,
The competitors and Race Committee at the 2007 Etchells World Championship in Cowes have spent all day watching the weather and desperately hoping for the wind to drop so they could complete the final races of the regatta. Sadly the weather gods were not on their side and although the sun shone for much of the day the wind rarely dropped below 25 knots with regular gusts up towards 30 knots... [more]

Monaco Classic Week and Palermo Monte Carlo
By Isabella Andrieux,
On Tuesday in Valencia, HSH Prince Albert II attended the third America’s Cup race between Defender Alinghi and Challenger Emirates Team New Zealand, and being a well-informed spectator he could appreciate the spectacular duel which unfolded between the two teams... [more]

Dragons in town for Southerns and Edinburgh Cup
By Fiona Brown,
From Saturday 30 June the International Dragon Fleet will be invading Weymouth on England's south coast for the British Southern Area Championship and the Dragon Edinburgh Cup. Some twenty-six boats from Ireland, Belgium and Great Britain will take part in the regattas... [more]

'Just what the hell is happening?' asks Bob Fisher
By Bob Fisher,
The Official Report of the International Jury – Case ACJ035 – on the protest lodged by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Club against the Societe Nautique de Geneve (NZL-92 v SUI-100) over the matter of whether the Swiss boat conformed to ACC Rule 36.1... [more]

Alinghi wins Race 5 of America's Cup after sail horror on NZL-92
By Richard Gladwell,
Dean Barker entered from starboard and adopted the unorthodox tactic of not engaging Alinghi in the dial-up preferring to dive astern and force Alinghi above the startline. Both then reached across to the starboard side of the startline, above the start box, with Alinghi brushing Emirates Team New Zealand off by passing to windward of a large spectator boat, as NZL-92 passed astern.... [more]

Outsider estimates arrival -HSH Nordbank blue race
By HSH Nordbank blue race media,
Whereas the leading Outsider of Tilmar Hansen from Kiel is busy estimating their arrival time for Saturday or Sunday, the main part of the fleet is happy to have come half-way. The Irish Chieftain has lost a bit of ground to Hansen's Elliott 52, but her crew is ready to fight.... [more]

Etchells Worlds - Beadsworth holds lead
By Fiona Brown,
2007 Etchells Worlds in Cowes. After race six, the discard has now come into play and Andy Beadsworth, sailing GBR1361 with Oscar Strugstad and Simon Fry, counts 15 points to hold their lead by just three points. This team continue to show incredible consistency and are now the only crew with an all single digit scoreline - their discard is a seventh.... [more]

29 teams from 11 countries in Archipelago Raid
By Event Media/,
Twenty-nine very strong teams from 11 countries have confirmed their registration. The entry deadline has passed but the organisation still holds a number of wild cards to allow late entries of top teams.... [more]

SUI-100 Mainsail Check - Comment and Images.
As soon as Race 4 finished, Race Officer Peter Reggio advised competitors that there would be a check on both boats by the Measurement Committee to ensure that their mainsails could be lowered without the assistance of a man aloft... [more]

Karol Jablonski signs with UI Team Germany
By Oliver Laskowsky, United Internet Team Germany,
Karol Jablonski will steer the German America’s Cup team into its future: He has signed a contract as a skipper of United Internet Team Germany. The Pole with the German passport has made a powerful unit out of the Spanish Team Desafio Español 2007 before and led it into the semi final of the Louis Vuitton Cup in a very convincing way.... [more]

Fisher's View: See how the mainsail sets
By Bob Fisher,
The words of the Beach Boys’ lyric are ringing in my ears: 'So hoist up the John B’s sail See how the mainsail sets... [more]

Rohan Veal (AUS) storms away at Moth Worlds
By Media Services & Rohan Veal,
Rohan Veal of Australia has taken a firm grip on the International Moth World Title at Lake Garda. The class managed their first racing after two days of too much wind and too little wind. Finally on Thursday with a decent forecast the well rested competitors were able to return to the water... [more]

Win a fourteen for International 14 POW Week
By PR media,
To encourage more young sailors to the International 14 class, an existing owner has kindly offered his boat for a two-week loan, to the winners of a qualifying regatta for entrants matching the selection criteria. The boat is competitive and fully race prepped for the lucky winners... [more]

Emirates Team New Zealand’s protest dismissed
Following a five hour hearing this morning, the five-member Jury dismissed Emirates Team New Zealand’s protest. By a majority decision the Jury dismissed the protest that Emirates Team New Zealand filed against Alinghi following race four. The Jury was not satisfied that Alinghi broke America’s Cup Class Rule 31.6... [more]

British AC challenge from Royal Thames YC
By Tim Kelly,
Team Origin, the British sailing team intending to bid for the 33rd America's Cup, have made a formal agreement with the Royal Thames Yacht Club to be their official Challenging Yacht Club, a mandatory requirement for all Challengers prior to entering the America's Cup.... [more]

Sail-World announces 2008 Olympic Class coverage
By Rob Kothe,
While many sailing publications will have some media at some Olympic Class regattas across 2007 and 2008, the geographic spread of the Sail-World team across North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand means that Sail-World’s coverage of the Olympic classes will be unprecedented over the next 15 months and beyond... [more]

ISA Speedsurfing Grand Prix Karpathos 2007 - Final
By International Speedsurfing,
The 1st round of the ISA speed world cup kicked of on the idyllic island of Karpathos in Greece. The event was run last year for the 1st time and proved to be very popular with the racers for being the most welcoming on the tour. It was not surprising then for 2007, a record 75 entrants turned up from 22 countries including Australia, Brazil and Hawaii... [more]

Beadsworth Leads But Razmilovic Shines On Day Two
By Fiona Brown,
Day two of the Etchells World Championship in Cowes brought strong winds, incredibly close racing and more than a few gear and crew failures including two men overboard (both promptly recovered and now safe and well). Overall Andy Beadsworth, sailing GBR1361 with Oscar Strugstad and Simon Fry, retains his lead thanks to a seventh this morning, his worst result of the championship so far, and an unexpected third in the afternoon... [more]

Alinghi relaunch the Match - ValenciaSailing
Finally Alinghi did it in the 4th race of the America's Cup Match and won it. They followed the basic match racing rules and scored an important victory, tying the series to 2 wins for each team and relaunching the game. Finally Alinghi did it in the 4th race of the America's Cup Match and won it. They followed the basic match racing rules and scored an important victory, tying the series to 2 wins for each team and relaunching the game.... [more]

Fisher's View: All this and a protest, too
By Bob Fisher,
Just when you thought it was safe to go outside . . . the whole world opens up beneath you – that’s if you are a crewman on Alinghi. You have won the race and you are on your way home when you are asked to demonstrate that you can conform to ACC Rule 31.6: 'Mainsails shall be able to be lowered to the deck without the necessity of a crew member going aloft.'... [more]

Moths get a touch of the ACs
By Rohen Veal,
Another day without any racing at Lake Garda for the Moth Worlds - this time no wind. With winds getting up to 1 knot and boats speeds approaching 2 knots about one minute before the start, all racing today was abandoned... [more]

Laser SB3 goes Downunder as the Dart SB3
By Media PR,
Meywin is to introduce the Dart range of Sailboats in Australia and this will include the Tony Castro designed SB3 sportsboat which is currently enjoying huge success around the world. In Australia the boat will be marketed as the Dart SB3... [more]

America's Cup - 2-2
By Mark Chisnell,
Alinghi squared the series at 2-2 in the fourth race of the America’s Cup, with the kind of shut-out performance that they had hinted at in race one. While the delta was actually five seconds smaller - at 30 seconds – this was an all round stronger race from the Swiss.... [more]

61st Firefly Class National Championship
By Barnaby Smith,
There’s under six weeks to go to the Firefly classes biggest event of the year, the Craftinsure Firefly National Championships which takes place at Weymouth from the 4 to the 10 August... [more]

The America's Cup becomes an Even Game
Emirates Team NZ enters from the port end at the start of Race 4 and is the give way boat. Wind conditions are a light to moderate easterly seabreeze of 9 kts with a sloppy, over-sized sea, and an overcast colder day. Course is set for 75 degrees. Alinghi sails a very controlled race from start to finish to go 2-2 in the 32nd America's Cup.... [more]

Flying Fifteen Worlds - The full story
By FF Media,
Mike Hart and Tim Hall from Port Dinorwic SC, won the 16th International Flying Fifteen World Championships at their seventh attempt. After taking an early lead they held off all challengers, until the final race when they match raced the three time champions, Steve Goacher and Phil Evans (Royal Windermere YC, GBR) to hold them behind and take the Title... [more]

RS Vareo Open at Llandegfedd SC
By RS media,
Llandegfedd SC in SE Wales boasts the largest Vareo fleet in the UK and 9 local boats joined 16 visitors to form an excellent fleet of 25. Saturday dawned cloudy with a southerly breeze which decided to swing to the West 1 minute before the start of the first race!... [more]

Moth Worlds on hold - Day 2 postponed
By Moth media,
Day 2 of the International Moth World Championships being held on Lake Garda and with winds getting up to 40 knots, racing was postponed until Wednesday. That didn't stop some of the keen (mad) Mothies going out for a blast... [more]

Beadsworth leads Etchells Worlds after 2 races
By Fiona Brown,
The first day of racing at the Etchells World Championship, hosted by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Cowes, brought two incredibly challenging races for the forty five boat, eight nation fleet. Andy Beadsworth (GBR) won the first race and Noel Drennan (AUS) the second - Beadsworth leads overall... [more]

Couldn't be Pulp Fiction, America's Cup -
By Mark Chisnell,
You know that scene in Pulp Fiction, where John Travel plunges the adrenaline needle straight into the chest of the overdosing Uma Thurman? She sits bolt upright, with her eyes boggling? Well… that’s how it was watching Emirates Team New Zealand beat Alinghi by 25 seconds to take a 2-1 series lead yesterday... [more]

America's Cup Quotes of the Day -Race Three
Ernesto Bertarelli, President of Alinghi, and Defender of the America’s Cup, on losing the America’s Cup Match today: It was a little bit of Las Vegas which is why I don’t think the race should have happened, but it did and now the result is here so we will take it.... [more]

Fisher's View: 'Don't do this sort of thing to me'
By Bob Fisher,
It was probably the most exciting America’s Cup race in history, with the possible exception of the seventh, and deciding, race in 1983, one in which the lead changed on several occasions, including dramatic moves and diabolic separations on a day when the wind dictated the strategies. It proved that the ability to maintain the pressure is of the utmost importance... [more]

Surf's Up for RS200 Open at Bexhill
By Mike Chapman,
Twelve of the twenty or so teams who arrived for Bexhill SC's RS200 Open Meeting on 24 June decided to brave the surf and force five south-westerly and enjoy a day of exhilarating racing. Steve Dunn/Rachel Jones relished the conditions winning the first three races and so headed back to the clubhouse bar for the fourth having won the meeting in style... [more]

Germany get GER-101 sail number for new AC boat
By Oliver Laskowsky,
It is another step into the future for the German America’s Cup campaign: The yacht that United Internet Team Germany began to build during Louis Vuitton Cup will have the sail number GER-101... [more]

Craig wins OK all-comers event at Upper Thames SC
By Terry Curtis,
The OK Dinghy Class continued its 50th Year celebrations with an all-comers event and anniversary dinner at Upper Thames SC over the weekend of 23 and 24 June, with over 50 sailors competing at some point through the weekend and many more participating from the club lawns... [more]

Charities are winners too - Round the Island Race
By Flavia Bateson,
The prizegiving for the JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race took place at the Cowes home of the Island Sailing Club, organisers of the event since 1931, on Sunday 24 June 2007. The Solent was certainly a quieter scene than the previous day when a record 1,603 boats, varying in size from 100 down to 20 feet, made it round the course... [more]

NZL-92 wins in the greatest of comebacks
This was possibly the defining moment of the 32nd America's Cup, as the lead see sawed back and forth. In the end it was the ability of the Emirates Team New Zealand afterguard which carried the day - their experience in tight situations in the Louis Vuitton Cup standing them in good stead.... [more]

NZL-92 crew signed Buzzy Bee for Optimist auction
The 2007 NZ Optimist Representative Team has listed a 'keel mounted' Emirates Team NZ signed Buzzy Bee on Trade Me for auction. It is the second of two only, and was signed by the Emirates Team New Zealand sailing team, last month. The first unmounted bee sold at the Gala auction at Royal NZ Yacht Squadron for $600.00.... [more]

Emirates Team NZ wins race two - it's squared up
By America's Cup Media,
Emirates Team New Zealand came from behind to beat Alinghi on Sunday afternoon, squaring the score in the 32nd America's Cup Match. Each team has one win, going in to Monday's lay day... [more] Team Spirit v Boatspeed
By Andy Rice -,
If Emirates Team New Zealand fail to win this America’s Cup, it won’t be through lack of team spirit. One of the advantages of coming through the challenger series is that they have had to take a few knocks along the way. Provided you can take those knocks then you’ll be the better for it – you know, the ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’ theory.... [more]

Aussie Rules at Moth Worlds first day
By UK Moth media / Rohan Veal,
First day proper of the International Moth World Championships taking place on Lake Garda and race 1 was CARNAGE! Another day of 20 something knot winds and short, sharp chop left a wake of destruction. On-shore WAGS were on-hand to receive broken rudders, fetch trolleys and administer TLC to battered egos... [more]

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