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16 Jul 2007

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The America's Cup gets weird - of course - the ISAF Worlds come to an end with GBR top Medal winner (just) and now it's the turn of the youngsters at the ISAF Youth championships in Canada.

The B14 worlds go to the Brits on home turf and the Flying Dutchmen Worlds get ubderway in Spain.

Summer is trying to arrive in the UK and might just make it in time for the championship season.

Gerald New
UK Editor

Light airs prevail for first day Volvo Youth Worlds
By Event Media,
Over 220 athletes sailing seven fleets of dinghies and windsurfers are competing at this championship. Three races were scheduled for all classes, but, after race one was sailed in a breeze which had promised great action, the wind dropped and became increasingly unstable.... [more]

Five weeks to the GUL RS200 National Championship
By RS,
GUL RS200 National Championship - Tenby Sailing Club - 19 to 23 August 2007 - Only five weeks to go!!! If you have not yet sent in your entry form it is now about time you did so. The early entry fee of £145 is due to end on the 23 July after this date it will then rise to £170... [more]

Liverpool Yacht Club Summer Series No. 3
By Richard Baldwin,
Liverpool Yacht Club held the third race in their Summer Series on Sunday July 15th. The fleets were smaller than usual as many yachts had not yet returned from the Dun Laoghaire Regatta. The race also doubled as the sunrise Trophy race sponsored by the Liverpool Echo... [more]

Majthenyi and Domokos win Flying Dutchman Spanish Championship
By Gerald New,
The International Flying Dutchman Spanish Championship was decided on Sunday with the Hungarian pair Szabolcs Majthenyi and Domokos taking the Open title. They finished ahead of the Spanish pair Gines Romero and Alvaro Moreno with third Roberto Cipriani and Stef Morelli of Italy in third place... [more]

Decisive moments at Rolex Ilhabela Sailing Week
By Alex Bocage/ Marina Kienitz (KPMS),
Rolex Ilhabela Sailing Week began with fabulous weather and an offshore race to Alcatrazes Island, with the entire city of Ilhabela stopping to watch the start of the 55-nautical mile race.... [more]

Winners decided -IX Trofeo S.M. La Reina Rolex Cup
By Javier Sobrino (KPMS),
Caixa Galicia and Turismo de Madrid winners for the second year in a row in TP52 and IMS 670. Quebramar-Chrysler dominates the GP42 fleet at the IX Trofeo S.M. La Reina Rolex Cup, organized by the Royal Club Naùtico de Valencia.... [more]

Heemskerk/Tentij (NED) win Formula 18 Europeans
By Diana Bogaards,
Heemskerk/Tentij (NED) won the European Championship Formula 18 on Lake Como in Italy. They performed consistently with their Nacra Infusion and ended the regatta with a 22 points lead. The British Styles/Crawford finished second, followed by the Frenchmen Mourniac/Citeay... [more]

On Board Cameras for Finn at Worlds
By Robert Deaves,
The Finn class has always prided itself on being at the forefront of innovation and development, even from its earliest days, and that has not changed much to this day. A bullet camera is mounted in a protected position on the ends of the arms with a cable connecting it to a waterproof box containing a camcorder located in the cockpit... [more]

Britain’s best at Youth Worlds in Canada
Ten of Great Britain’s best young sailors are ready to mark their mark on the world stage when racing the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships gets underway on Saturday (14 July) with three races scheduled for each class of boat... [more]

Fells and Barber (GBR) win 2007 B14 Worlds
By Rob Kothe,
Tim Fells, the World President of the B14 Class Association and his crew Shaun Barber today won the 2007 B14 CST/North/Ovington World Championship.... [more]

Cipriani and Morelli lead Spanish FD Nationals
By Gerald New,
The International Flying Dutchman started the Spanish Championship racing Thursday. The championship is being held before the class World Championship starts on Monday 16 July at Mar Menor, Spain.... [more]

Louis Vuitton pulls out of America's Cup game
It is being reported that longtime America's Cup Challenger Series sponsor, Louis Vuitton, has decided to cease its sponsorship. 'A statement issued by the company said: 'Louis Vuitton has decided not to give its name this time to the challengers qualifying competition but will watch with interest the evolution of the event in the future.'... [more]

Countries qualified for 2008 Olympic Regatta
Seventy-five percent of all national places at the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition were decided at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cascais, Portugal. Find out which nations are on their way to Qingdao here…... [more]

Exciting day at IX Trofeo S.M. La Reina Rolex Cup
By Javier Sobrino (KPMS),
Another day of exiting competition at the IX Trofeo S.M. La Reina Rolex Cup - the three race courses saw a real fight among the seven classes competing, with a southwesterly wind of between 8-12 knots that built to 18 knots during the final race.... [more]

Russell Coutts' Team Omega wins Malcesine Cup
By Media PR,
Russell Coutts' Team Omega won the match race event of the Malcesine Cup Friday. On great form, Cameron Appleton (Team Aqua) and Russell Coutts (Team Omega) left absolutely no chance to their opponents, winning all their starts and regularly inflicting penalties to their opponents.... [more]

New 470 Men and Women and 49er World Champions
The Men's 470 Medal Race has brought the curtain down in style on the Sailing World Champions which were held in Cascais, Portugal, from the 3rd to the 13th July. Dutch sailors Marcelien de Koning and Lobke Berhout, in the women's 470, Britain's Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes, and Australia's Nathan Wilmot and Malcolm Page took gold on the last day of the championships... [more]

Two more Medals for GBR - 49er and 470
Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes clinched 49er Gold and Christina Bassadone and Saskia Clark took 470 Bronze for Skandia Team GBR at the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Cascais, Portugal, on Friday, bringing the final British medal haul to two gold and four bronze medals at the close of the event - winning Great Britain the IOC Cup for the highest medal tally... [more]

Russians choose Rob Humphreys and Green Marine
By Volvo PR,
The Russian entry for the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race has turned to the skills of British designer Rob Humphreys and boat builders Green Marine for their Volvo Open 70. The design programme is well advanced at Humphreys Yacht Design’s office in Lymington, about 25 km (15 miles) from Southampton... [more]

Morrison and Rhodes take Gold in 49er
By Virginia Page,
Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes (GBR) are the new 49er ISAF World Champions 2007. The British pair won the Gold today after an exciting Medal Race in Cascais in which they covered their nearest rivals the Austrians and Italians, while Morgan Larson and Pete Spaulding (USA) lead from start to finish... [more]

Earthrace in Europe
The 78 foot bio-diesel fuelled trimaran Earthrace was forced to abandon her Round the World bid off the Spanish Coast. Now repaired the Earthrace crew are taking their radical powerboat on a European promotional tour, ahead of a mooted second record attempt in March 2008.... [more]

Alinghi play the Italian card
By Gerald New,
In a move that seems designed to apply pressure to the Valencian authorities, Ernesto Bertarelli, president of the Alinghi America´s Cup team is reported to have met with the Prime Minister of Italy, Romano Prodi, to discuss subjects related to the 33rd America´s Cup... [more]

Australia leads B14 World Championships Day 4
By Tim Fells/,
Day four of the B14 CST/North/Ovington World Championships served up another challenging range of conditions off Falmouth UK. The off-shore south-westerly was fluctuating between 5 and 14 knots with major shifts making race strategy hard to plan.... [more]

Dexia Farr 40 Skagen 2007 Day 1
By Gordon Smith,
Mascalzone Latino had a very mixed day but one that Tactician Adrian Stead had otherwise predicted rather well. 'Just as I told you! Strong breeze conditions and we are going to get to see how the mast head spinnakers perform'.... [more]

Flying Dutchman Worlds in Spain
By Gerald New,
The Flying Dutchman class, which was the two-man Olympic dinghy from 1960 to 1992, are holding their 2007 World Championship in Spain at Mar Menor. The class, which was taken up enthusiastically in the UK after its choice as an Olympic class, still attracts large fleets, especially within Europe... [more]

The Golden Gate Challenge - what happens next?
By Richard Gladwell,,
Once again, the America's Cup faces an uncertain future after it was announced that USA's Golden Gate Yacht Club has challenged the validity of the Challenge from the newly formed Spanish Club Nautico Espanol de Vela... [more]

Great start to Trofeo S.M. La Reina Rolex Cup
TP52 Mútua Madrileña and GP42 Quebramar-Chrysler had a successful first day racing on Valencia's waters.... [more]

World windsurfing bronze for Dempsey
Nick Dempsey secured Great Britain’s fourth medal at the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Cascais on Thursday (12 July), clinching bronze in a gripping final medal race... [more]

A record number of Classic Yachts gather in Cowes
By Marina Johnson,
Forty seven Classic yachts spanning a century in age are gathering in Cowes, UK this coming weekend, at the British Classic Yacht Club and Spirit Yachts Regatta 2007 for a week of racing and rallying. The entry level is a record, as the interest in competitive classic yacht racing continues to grow... [more]

RS:X Gold for Klepacka POL and Santos BRA
By Gerald New,
Gold for Zofia Klepacka of Poland in the women's RS:X and Gold for Ricardo Santos of Brazil in the men's RS:X... [more]

The Tall Ships' Races 2007 Baltic underway
By Sail Training International,
The Tall Ships' Races 2007 Baltic got off to an excellent start on the 10th July 2007 with a total of 79 vessels crossing the start line.... [more]

B14 Worlds 2007 Images
By Al Constable,
A selection of images from the 2007 B14 CST/North/Ovington Worlds from [more]

Tight at Top in B14 Worlds
By Rob Kothe,
Changes on the leaderboard in the 2007 CST/North/Ovington B14 Worlds being sailed out of Restronguet Sailing Club at Falmouth UK.... [more]

America's Cup heading for stormy waters
By Gerald New/,
Following the formal challenge by the Golden Gate Yacht Club of San Francisco - represented by Larry Ellison's BMW Oracle Racing - which they issued to the Societe Nautique Geneve (SNG) on Wednesday, the defending yacht club of the Cup winner, Team Alinghi. The challenging club accepted by SNG, Club Nautico Espanol de Vela, has today (Thursday) issued a reply... [more]

470 Leaders extend at Cascais Worlds
By 470 Class,
Nathan Wilmot and Malcolm Page from Australia maintain the lead in the 470 Men, and title defenders Marcelien de Koning and Lobke Berkhout from the Netherlands in the 470 Womens.... [more]

Rafael Trujillo of Spain takes Finn Gold
By Robert Deaves,
In an thrilling and close medal race, Rafael Trujillo (ESP) won the 2007 Finn Gold Cup after some fantastic sailing on the second lap. A third place was enough for Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) to take the silver while Gasper Vincec (SLO) took bronze... [more]

Ayton’s Yngling trio on top of the world
Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson clinched Great Britain’s first gold at the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Cascais, Portugal, on Wednesday, winning the Yngling world title and pulling one step closer to Olympic qualification for Beijing 2008. Shirley Robertson with her crew Annie Lush and Lucy Macgregor claimed the bronze... [more]

140 boats in IX Trofeo S.M. La Reina Rolex Cup
The Trofeo S.M. La Reina Rolex Cup has racing in three IMS classes (Open, IMS 570, IMS 670), as well as TP52s and GP42s - making their debut this year. Alongside all the top Spanish sailing teams is an international fleet representing 11 countries: Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Italy, Portugal, Norway, Russia and the USA.... [more]

New 49er Carbon Rig for 2012 Olympics
By Media PR,
Out in the 49er boat park yesterday, as crews waited for race news, attentions shifted from the unpredictable weather to two new carbon fibre rigs which were on display. Since its launch 14 years ago, technology has moved on and the class is now looking at a major overhaul... [more]

Irish to the fore at Ecover Half Ton Classics Cup
By Event media,
In fresh westerly winds that saw one boat dismasted and another holed, the first three races in the 10-race series of the Ecover Half Ton Classics Cup were sailed on Dublin Bay Tuesday and it was a good day for the Irish, with three boats heading the IRC standings... [more]

RS400 Fat Face Circuit event at Aldeburgh YC
By Gavin Marshall,
Over the weekend of 7/8th July, 23 RS400s turned out at Aldeburgh YC for the sixth Fat Face Circuit event of the year and were treated to good conditions and a warm welcome from the host club. Hilliar and Jagger won to leave the overall circuit hanging on the final RS400 Fat Face event... [more]

Six Metres gather in Cowes for Worlds
By Marina Johnson,
J D Sarraquigne and his yacht Bravade IV will be working hard to defend their title in the 2007 Six Metre World Championship when he comes to Cowes to compete against a record number of 50 International Six Metres from around the world. The fleet is gathering from Monday 16 July to prepare for the event, whose racing starts on Thursday... [more]

Dutch lead F-18 Europeans after three races
By Diana Bogaards,
Team Boskalis Heemskerk/Tentij (NED) took the lead after the first three races of the F18 open European Championship. Mourniac/Citeau (FRA) are in second place and Styles/Crawford (GBR) in third of the eighty-boat fleet... [more]

Mascalzone Latino Wins Farr 40 Open Nordic Championship
By Dana Paxton,
Mascalzone Latino won the inaugural Farr 40 Open Nordic Championship, with three wins in seven races and an impressive 24-point lead over the second-place boat... [more]

RS700 Fat Face Racing at Hayling Island SC
By RS media,
An impressive 33 boats turned out for the 5th round of the 2007 FAT Face Circuit at Hayling Island over the weekend. With a large number of the circuit regulars absent including current leader Matt Humphries, this was the perfect opportunity for many to get a good result under their belt... [more]

Champagne G.H. Mumm Ladies Day at Skandia Cowes Week
By Peta Stuart-Hunt,
One third of the sailors competing at Cowes are women - over 2,700 - and Champagne G. H. Mumm, Ladies Day on Thursday 9 August will highlight the achievements of women in sailing. The regatta organisers Cowes Combined Clubs, is pulling out all the stops to support the day and a host of supporting sponsors and suppliers are providing fabulous prizes and fun activities especially for women attending the regatta on the day itself. And to kick things off all female competitors at Skandia Cowes Week are invited to register their names with Champagne G.H. Mumm to be put into a hat to win a celebratory bottle as they cross the finish line on Thursday 9 August... [more]

Gold and Bronze for GBR Ynglings at ISAF Worlds
Britain's Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson won the Yngling World Championship title in the first of today’s Medal Races at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cascais, Portugal... [more]

Images from the 2007 Star Worlds
By Fried Elliot,
Images from the 2007 Star Worlds... [more]

B14 World Championships Day 2 – Battle for Ashes
By Rob Kothe (source material Tim Fels),
The battle for the Ashes continues with the English and Australia teams fighting for the series on the second day of the CST/North/Ovington B14 World Championships.... [more]

Britain lead 49er and Yngling in Cascais
The battle for British honours in the Yngling class will go down to the wire at the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Cascais, Portugal, with Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson leading Shirley Robertson, Annie Lush and Lucy Macgregor by just one point heading into Wednesday’s final medal race... [more]

Brits hold lead in B14 World Titles
By Rob Kothe,
The 2004 World B-14 champions Tim Fells and Shaun Barber (GBR) continue to hold the lead in the 2007 titles being raced out of the Restronguet Sailing Club in Falmouth UK.... [more]

Tom Slingsby – New Laser World Champion
By Rob Kothe,
22 year Australian Tom Slingsby from Gosford NSW has won the 2007 Laser World Championship title at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cascais, Portugal... [more]

International 14 Hayling Hull Open Meeting
By Martin Jones,
After weeks of rain and storms Saturday dawned bright and sunny for the Hayling Hull. With about 10 – 12 knots from the South West the fleet headed into the bay for 3 races in near perfect conditions. Final honours for the event went to Mike Lennon and Dan Johnson who showed superb speed to overcome questionable navigation in their new boat... [more]

B&G joins forces with GRIB.US
By Media PR,
B&G, the world leading performance sailing instrument manufacturer, has entered into a partnership with GRIB.US. This development will enable the complete integration of enhanced weather data into B&G's navigation platforms for racing yachts around the globe... [more]

Great Britain leads B14 Worlds
By Tim Fells,
The 7th B14 World Championships, hosted by Restronguet Sailing Club in Cornwall kicked off in fantastic sailing conditions for the first 2 races on Monday July 9.... [more]

Laser SB3 Grand Prix: Round 4 - Lymington
By Rachel Nuding,
The final event of the Laser SB3 Volkswagen Touareg Grand Prix series took place in Lymington over the weekend of the 7 and 8 July.... [more]

Itchenor Sailing Club Firefly Open Meeting
By Nigel Wakefield,
Twenty-three Fireflies converged on Itchenor for the annual open meeting that was re-introduced to the calendar only last year after a nine year absence. Nigel Wakefield and Emily Saunderson were the eventual winners... [more]

Qingdao the Olympic venue to be Volvo Race stopover
By Volvo PR,
Following the selection of Qingdao, China as the stopover on the Volvo Ocean race’s new route through the Middle East and Asia, Volvo Race CEO Glenn Bourke was in Qingdao for an official signing ceremony... [more]

OK World Qualifier at Isle of Sheppey SC
By Terry Curtis,
Terry Curtis proved un-catchable on a windy Saturday at Isle of Sheppey SC world qualifier for the OK class, leading from start to finish in races 1 and 2, and, although briefly overtaken in race 3, he went on to claim his third win... [more]

Sky TV coverage of Cascais World Championships
SKY Sport has secured coverage of daily, 30 minute, highlights of this event.... [more]

Forerunning fleets start Transpac
By Rich Roberts,
The forerunning fleets included nine Division 6 racers and 14 Aloha A and B division boats. Divisions 4 and 5 and nine vintage Santa Cruz 50 and 52s start Thursday, followed by Divisions 1, 2 and 3 Sunday, all starting off Point Fermin in nearby San Pedro after sendoff ceremonies at Rainbow Harbor, Transpac's mainland home port in Long Beach.... [more]

Tornado Gold for Echavarri and Paz of Spain
By Media PR,
Another frustrating waiting day for the Tornados - Cascais called the wind and it arrived: 28 - 32 knots blew out any chances of racing today. Although a Medal Race was not possible the overall results were pretty much fair to all the sailors. Gold went to Spain's Fernando Echavarri and Anton Paz... [more]

Bronze for Percy and Simpson at Star Worlds
Strong winds made racing impossible at the ISAF World Sailing Championships on Monday but Great Britain still claimed its first medal of the event in Cascais, Portugal, with Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson clinching bronze in the Star class. Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada, BRA, took the Gold and Xavier Rohart and Pascal Rambeau, FRA, the Silver... [more]

Two-handed Triangle Race at Royal Channel Islands
By William Harris,
Strong south-westerly winds greeted the eleven-strong fleet that turned out for the first leg of the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club’s 12th Waller-Harris Two-handed Triangle Race on 30th June... [more]

High winds keep Finn Gold Cup fleet ashore
By Robert Deaves,
After last night's very windy conditions, this morning dawned bright and breezy at the ISAF Sailing World Championships. In fact it was very breezy,blowing 35 knots on the inside course. On the outside course, and especially on course area 4 where the Finns were due to start their gold and silver fleet racing, it was blowing considerably more. The fleets were kept ashore, despite the predictable displays of bravado from the Finn sailors... [more]

Gill National 12 Summer event
By Media PR,
The Gill National 12 Summer event, held at Ripon SC on 7 and 8 July attracted a total of 37 boats. Two races were held on the Saturday. Graham Camm and Zoe Ballantyne took line honours in both races, demonstrating impressive heavy weather sailing skills... [more]

2007 Star Worlds decided without Medal Race
By Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Gold Stars for Brazilians Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada, who today joined the fraternity of famous sailors who have won the prestigious Star World Championship title, when the Cascais Medals Race was abandoned before the start.... [more]

Basilica dazzles in windy conditions - iShares Cup
By Myrrh Walker,
In 15-18 knots of wind Basilica dazzled her competitors winning five out of the six races held today. While the entire fleet chose to reef their mains for the first race, Basilica struck out on her own, hoisted a full sail and carved a trail to victory stepping onto the podium ahead of Groupama and Holmatro. BT had an adventure of her own executing a glamorous nose-dive resulting in a near capsize.... [more]

Team Branche Bureau wins J22 Europeans in Hoorn
By Diana Bogaards,
On Sunday July 8 2007, Team Branche Bureau (NED) of Den Boer/Botterweg/Punt/Van Mierlo won the European Championship J22 by sailing consistently. That is quite a performance in this competitive fleet with 39 J22’s... [more]

Testing conditions at Tasar Worlds
By Megan Ridgway,
Phuket, Thailand is the location for the Tasar Worlds 2- 11th July. The regatta is being held on the waters of Makham Bay. Australian sailors are doing well, with Robert Douglass and Nicole Douglass on Chukkel holding the lead from the USA Team West Coast Sailing, Jonathan McKee and Libby Johnson-Mckee. Code Flag Z, Brett Young and Kevin Kellow currently hold third spot.... [more]

Open Meetings at Hayling Island SC
By Gerald New,
Three open meetings took place at HISC last weekend - International 14, RS700 and Musto Skiff. Winners were RS700: Jon Heissig - Musto Skiff: Neil Upton-Brown - International 14: Mike Lennon & Dan Johnson... [more]

Strong winds for Warnemünder Woche start
By Media PR,
The Warnemünder Woche started it’s 70th edition with strong winds: After the majority of the dinghy classes firstly joined in the competitions on Sunday the sun shined with the first winners: Karsten Hitz is the new international German champion of the OK-dinghy class - 2nd Mark Perow from New Zealand , 3rd Nick Craig from Britain - Tempest Worlds and Laser II Worlds start Monday... [more]

Free Sign Up for 2007 Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta
Entries for the 2007 Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta are now open, with the added benefit for this years event being there will be no entry fee to pay. The regatta will take place between 19th-23rd September at the state-of-the-art London 2012 sailing venue, Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy... [more]

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]

Images of trimaran Sodeb'O on Sydney Harbour
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]

Plenty retains Swan 45 Gold Cup for USA
By Nick Gower,
Going into the final race, Plenty held the slenderest possible advantage over fellow American William Douglass' Goombay Smash. Both Swan 45's were tied on 31 points and had two victories each, so Plenty led by virtue of their three second place finishes. With the world championship resting on the final race, Roeper and his crew etched out a fifth place finish to take the honours by two points.... [more]

Hansen defeats Holmberg in Match Cup Sweden
By Event media,
Hansen’s first victory at Match Cup Sweden and his first win at a World Tour event. On a day that was a spectacular counterpoint to the light air that plagued most of the event, Bjorn Hansen (SWE) and his Team Onico consisting of Tompi Hallberg, Gustav Tempelman, Pontus Meijer, and Mathias Bredi went three straight against Magnus Holmberg (SWE) to win Match Cup Sweden.... [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]

Tough Day at Star Worlds at ISAF Worlds in Cascais
By Lynn Fitzpatrick,
A long afternoon and long evening on the water for the 2007 Star World Fleets. Going into the final day of racing two-time Star World Champions and Olympic Gold medalist skippers, Mark Reynolds and Torben Grael sit in 12th and 13th place with 80 and 83 points, respectively. Weather forecast is for consistent heavy breeze on Monday.... [more]

ISAF Sailing Worlds move to Medal Races
By José Sacavém,
The Cascais winds gave an almost perfect day's racing for the sailors in nine of the eleven classes competing at the ISAF Sailing World Championships. The first classes to hit the water were the RS:X Men & Women, 470 Women, Tornado and Laser Standard. And the final Medal competitors for the Tornado and Star class races on Monday were decided... [more]

Medal races for Team GBR Star and Tornado
Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson are within touching distance of Great Britain’s first medal at the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Cascais, Portugal, heading into the final day of racing in the Star class on Monday in bronze medal position. Leigh McMillan and Will Howden will feature in the medal race for the Tornado class, also on Monday... [more]

Basilica back in business - iShares Cup
By Myrrh Walker,
On the first day of competition, Basilica, skippered by Rob Greenhalgh were forced to bow to pressure put on by Franck Cammas skippering Groupama. Not happy being out of the limelight the British team came back today to stamp out the French opposition and take a three point lead after five more action packed races... [more]

Unpredictable conditions prevail: Races 4 & 5 RS:X Worlds
By Hugh Sims-Williams,
Racing continues to be held on the inner courses where shifty and unpredictable conditions prevail. Strong planning conditions combined with vast vacuum like black holes provided a spectacular game of snakes and ladders. There is hope that the windsurfers will be moved onto the outer course where the swell is larger and wind is cleaner in the next few days.... [more]

Emilios Papathanasiou - world champion in waiting?
By Robert Deaves,
For many sailors here,Greek sailor Emilios Papathanasiou is highly tipped to take the title this week. As the most experienced and medalled sailor in the fleet one would already have expected him to have won a world title but it has continued to elude him time after time. However, he is undoubtedly the best sailor in recent years never to have won a world championship. Could this be his year?... [more]

Action packed ISAF Sailing World Championships
A jam-packed Saturday 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]

World Cruising Club founders Yacht for Sale
In 1986 Cruising author Jimmy Cornell launched and organised the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers), from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean. As a result of the success of the first ARC he founded the World Cruising Club, which specialises in international sailing events. – now his famous yacht Aventura Trois is for sale.... [more]

Postama (NED) strikes at Finn Worlds
By Robert Deaves,
A double win for Pieter-Jan Postama (NED) in his favourite conditions moves him up to second overall, although Emilios Papathanasiou (GRE) re-takes the lead after placing third and second today. Rafael Trujillo (ESP) is in third place overall... [more]

Images from the ISAF Worlds in Portugal
By Steve Arkley,
Images of the first week of the ISAF Worlds in Portugal, including the 49er, Finn, Yngling and Star classes - Steve Arkley... [more]

Brits overcome tough Cascais conditions
Brits were put to the test in tough Cascais conditions on Saturday. Big breezes swept across Cascais Bay on the fifth day of racing at the ISAF World Sailing Championships on Saturday, with British sailing’s Olympic hopefuls enduring mixed fortunes amidst the testing conditions. Morrison and Rhodes extended their lead over the 49er fleet - Sarah Ayton also lead in the Yngling... [more]

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