Now that the AC is over, it's 'business as usual'. And there's plenty of it - new boats to 'seed' the fleet for the inaugural China Cup, the blowy Worlds in Cascais, a Transpac start (for some, anyway), the super-tri Sodebo in Sydney - read on...
China Cup International Regatta acquires ten 40.7s By CCIR, Simpson Marine, and Sail World Asia, Yesterday marked the official handover of three Beneteau 40.7s from the Far East Beneteau agent, Simpson Marine, to the management of the China Cup International Regatta. CCIR have purchased ten 40.7s to form a nucleus one-design fleet that will race within the IRC fleet at the inaugural China Cup in October this year. The remaining seven boats will arrive in Hong Kong over the next two months, and then follow their sisters to the Longcheer Yacht Club on Daya Bay near Shenzhen, some 40 nm north east of Hong Kong.... [more]
Call me a dreamer. Malaysian AC hopes - again By K P Waran, New Straits Times, Call me a dreamer. From the first time Francis Yeoh (now Tan Sri) stuck me in his friend’s boat and told me to sail from Phuket to Pangkor Laut over 20 years ago, the call of the sea has been never-ending. Malaysia, despite being surrounded by sea, has not titillated the desire of most of its people to venture into the blue yonder to enjoy the breathtaking spectacles that await those who crank, pull, tack, jibe, climb the mast and take on the challenges that the oceans thrust upon a sailing boat.... [more]
Images of trimaran Sodeb'O on Sydney Harbour By Sail-World.com, Andrea Francolini captured these images of Thomas Coville's giant trimaran Sodeb'O during the recent trial run from Newcastle to Sydney Harbour and return. The trimaran will shortly set sail for France.... [more]
Images from Cascais - 470s in the big breeze By Gilles Martin-Raget, Top photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget shot these images from Cascais - of the 470s in the big breeze... [more]
Images from the wild Finn racing Saturday By Robert Deaves, Day 3 of the Finn Worlds proved to be a day of strong winds and big waves. Images from the wild Finn racing Saturday by Robert Deaves... [more]
Transpac first start on Monday By Rich Roberts, With more than 100 years of its history firmly in place, the Transpacific Yacht Race will send the first 23 of 74 boats off the starting line Monday in the event's 44th run to Hawaii.... [more]
Plenty of action - ISAF Sailing World Championships By ISAF, A jam-packed day in Cascais brought more contrasting conditions with gusts up to 35 knots making for a spectacular day on the Finn course. Meanwhile the Stars struggled in very flukey conditions further inshore, the 470s completed their first races, whilst the 49ers launched into action at 10:00.... [more]
Australia II skipper onboard Sail Melbourne By Sail Melbourne media, John Bertrand AM will be patron of the forthcoming Sail Melbourne 2008 regatta. Sail Melbourne 2008 will be the biggest Olympic Classes regatta in the southern hemisphere, with the competition expected to attract close to 3000 competitors from 30 countries around the globe to Melbourne waters for this high-profile event... [more]
Groupama lead Extreme 40 iShares Cup By Media, Circuit rookie Franck Cammas and his team Groupama took an early lead after the first day of racing in home waters at the iShares Cup, Marseille. With four races completed on the first day of the three-day series, in a variable and shifty 5-10 knots, the French team topped the leaderboard with only a few hours practice in the high-performance Extreme 40... [more]
Quarter finals in Match Cup Sweden By Yvonne Reid, All but one Quarter Final pairing went to three matches in the first-to-two point series, with all four winning teams hailing from Scandinavia to advance to the Semi-Final Round.... [more]
A 'Go' For Youth Olympic Games in 2010 By ISAF, The Youth Olympic Games will become a reality. The IOC members have approved, at the 119th Session in Guatemala City, the project that foresees the first editions for the Youth Olympic Summer Games in 2010 and for the Youth Olympic Winter Games in 2012... [more]
Too much Cocaine tips the RIB By Southern Star Cork, The discovery of a huge drug haul off the West Coast of Ireland began last Monday when a rescue mission was launched after a 22-year-old man managed to swim over a mile ashore and raise the alarm that he and two companions were thrown into the sea when their 7 metre RIB capsized in heavy seas.... [more]
ISAF World Sailing Championships live on Sail TV By Yvonne Reid, Live coverage will not be available on any other broadband platform and Sail TV is proud to be offering this exclusive opportunity to sailing fans around the world.... [more]
Quarter finalists determined in Match Cup Sweden By Yvonne Reid, Eight skippers and their teams will advance to the Quarter Final Round tomorrow, as light air cancelled the last six matches in Group A of Match Cup Sweden.... [more]
90 Footers for the 33rd Cup: SailJuice.com By Andy Rice, So, the rumour was true! New boats after all: 90 feet long, lifting keels to get in and out of harbour, 20-ish crew, designed to a box rule and possibly limited to one boat per team. Plenty more was said, but few facts came out of today’s announcement.... [more]
Pass Me Another Superlative - markchisnell.blogspot.com By Mark Chisnell, Finals are so often a disappointment. I’ve sat through more than my fair share of dreary America’s Cups, but I’ve also sat through a bunch of dreary soccer World Cup Finals, Test Matches and Rugby World Cups. But every now and again, a couple of teams come along and produce a classic.... [more]
ISAF World Championships - Day 3 By Gerald New, Day 3 and two more classes took to the waters off Cascais, Portugal at the ISAF World Championships. The Yngling keelboat and the single handed Finn joined the Tornado, Star, Laser and Radial classes. And it was a stunning start for the two British Yngling teams - Shirley Robertson won the first race with Sarah Ayton second. In the other class starting out today, the Finn, it was a double win for Emilios Papathanasiou of Greece to put him top... [more]
New 90ft class announced for 33rd America's Cup By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZL, The Protocol for the 33rd America's Cup has been announced in Valencia today. Features of the next Cup will be a new 90ft sliding keel yacht, and a 2009 regatta date if held in Valencia, or 2010 or 2011 if there is a bid process for other venues.... [more]
Fisher's View: It's over. Let it be. By Bob Fisher, 'The 32nd America’s Cup is over. The Societe Nautique de Geneve’s defender triumphed over the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron’s challenger by five races to two.' That is how history should record it. But the game has changed.... [more]
High Modulus congratulates Emirates Team NZ By High Modulus media, Following what has been hailed as one of the most memorable America’s Cup races, composite and structural engineering company, High Modulus, offers its congratulations to Emirates Team New Zealand, who fought hard against the favourites, Alinghi, in a nail-biting 7 race series.... [more]
Earthrace back on track - repairs near completion By Earthrace media, Earthrace repairs are almost complete. 'Repairs to the hull damage which forced Earthrace to abandon her world record attempt to circumnavigate the globe, are almost complete ' reports Earthrace Chief Engineer Scott Fratcher.... [more]
Pyewacket will chase unlikely rivals in Transpac By Rich Roberts, Can Pyewacket beat Ariadne, a 73-foot cruising yacht? Can Pyewacket beat Lady Liberty, a Catalina 36? Handicap ratings for the 44th Transpacific Yacht Race to Hawaii are out, and the fastest monohull ever to sail the race faces an intriguing set of scenarios. Roy E. Disney's radically modified 94-foot Pyewacket-with-wings is almost a day faster than it was in 2005 when it finished only 2.5 hours behind the record time of 6 days 16 hours 4 minutes 11 seconds by Hasso Plattner's Morning Glory.... [more]
Inaugural Farr 40 Open Nordic Championship By Dana Paxton, The inaugural Farr 40 Open Nordic Championship will take place July 5-8 at Hankø, Norway. Hosted by the Royal Norwegian Yacht Club (Kongelig Norsk Seilforening, KNS) with support from the Hankø Yacht Club and the Farr 40 European Fleet Association, the regatta is the third stop on the Farr 40 Class European Circuit... [more]
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