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23 Jul 2007

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2007 America's Cup

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2007 Skandia Cowes Week

2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships

2007 TP52 Breitling MedCup Circuit

2007 B14 World Championships

Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2007


In the best traditions of the America’s Cup, the latest saga looks set to run and run.

Alinghi and the Spanish seem to be quietly beavering away at an agreement that will set Valencia as a major sport tourist attraction, while the other teams involved look at their options.

And now it is all going to the Courts, read Bob Fishers take on the Billionaires battling over the future of the America’s Cup. Plenty of reading on the subject right here . . .

Also in Sail-World over the past week we have news of the FD worlds in Spain, The final of the ISAF Worlds and the GBR Team picks for China.

The Volvo/ISAF Youth Worlds in Canada, the Breitling MedCup, the RS Elite UK Nationals at Hayling and lots more . . .

Enjoy your reading and sailing
Gerald New
UK Editor

Ian Andrews takes RS Elite National Championship
By Gerald New,
The final race of the RS Elite National Championships at Hayling Island SC Sunday and Ian Andrews, Kevin Richardson and Bill Masterman (HISC) maintained their overnight lead to take the National Title... [more]

Fireball and Merlin Rocket Opens at HISC
By Gerald New,
A busy weekend at Hayling Island SC, with the RS Elite Nationals in full swing and two Open Meetings taking place. The Fireball Open was a two day affair, while the Merlin Rockets opted for a one day event... [more]

British success at Youth Worlds in Canada
British sailing’s young guard have made their mark on the world stage, clinching three medals at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships which drew to a close in Kingston, Canada, on Saturday... [more]

Billionaires battle over Cup's future
By Bob Fisher, The Observer, UK,
Billionaires are battling over the future of the America’s Cup, and while there is nothing unique in this, it is a bitter struggle that could see the event delayed to await courtroom decisions. One billionaire’s club holds the trophy and another’s doesn’t like the way in which the event is threatened to be run.... [more]

Coutts takes Double Points in TP52 Coastal Race
By Event media,
Torbjorn Torqvist's Artemis crew, lead by a virtuoso performance from skipper Russell Coutts, scored maximum points from today's 33.7 miles coastal race in the Breitling TP52 MedCup Regatta Illes Balearia, which spanned the Bay of Palma and provided a comprehensive test on all points of sail... [more]

Boison-Moller Flying Dutchman World Champions
By Gerald New,
Jorgen and Jaicob Boison-Moller of Denmark won the Flying Dutchman World Championship, held at Mar Menor in Spain. The Pair lead from day one and wrapped up the series with a day to spare... [more]

America's Cup - Ellison the good guy?
By Stuart Alexander,
One of sailing's most authoritative scribes, Stuart Alexander paints his picture of the Golden Gate YC Challenge for the America's Cup: 'The acceptance of the South Africa challenge was manna from heaven for GGYC as it was clear evidence of a deliberate freezing out of Ellison and a hint that, even if the pressure on the CNEV to stand down was successful, ACM had a second poodle on a lead.'... [more]

USA's Barkow leads Troia Portugal Women's Match Cup
By Bob Fisher,
Sally Barkow of the USA was the only skipper unbeaten on the second day of the regatta and her beaten opponents include two of the other favourites to triumph in the Women’s Match Cup, Claire Leroy of France and Klaartje Zuiderbaan of the Netherlands. At the completion of 14 of the 20 flights, Barkow is the clear leader with a nine wins and one defeat score line.... [more]

Solo Norwegian hits submerged object, Rescued
By PR Newswire/Sail-World Cruising,
A lone Norwegian sailor has been rescued from a life raft today after his yacht hit a submerged object and sank 48 miles North West of the Isles of Scilly.... [more]

RS Elite Nationals at HISC - Day 3
By Gerald New,
The RS Elite National Championships at Hayling Island SC and three more races sailed Saturday. Little let up in the conditions, Southerly 20-25 knots with big seas rolling in from the Channel. And the top three stay the same - Ian Andrews (HISC) keeps the lead after eight races... [more]

Nick Craig takes OK Dinghy pre-worlds Leba Cup
By Robert Deaves, OKDIA,
With the OK Dinghy World Championship starting on Monday in Leba, Poland, 60 competitors sailed for the Mayor’s Cup from 18-20 July in a range of testing conditions. Defending world champion Nick Craig (GBR) was the winner, although he was seriously challenged by several members of the New Zealand team, which had six boats in the top 10... [more]

New World 24 hour distance record
By Event media,
Franck Cammas and crew, on board the 32 meter trimaran Groupama 3, have broken the record for the distance sailed in 24 hours, held by Bruno Peyron, with a new distance of 794 miles... [more]

Team GBR - Right choices, Wrong reasons?
By Gerald New,
The GBR team for the Olympic regatta at Qingdao, China was announced early this week following on from the ISAF Worlds in Portugal. Not a lot in the way of surprises but a couple of choices caused some ripples on the smooth RYA operation... [more]

CNEV responds to GGYC America's Cup lawsuit
By International Herald Tribune,
'SNG used CNEV ... to engineer a match protocol in which virtually all challenger rights are eliminated and total control of the event and its rules are granted to SNG, altering the very nature of the competition and giving unprecedented and unfair advantages to SNG,' a statement from Golden Gate said.... [more]

GGYC files for America's Cup legal redress
By Golden Gate YC Media,
Lack of response from Swiss America’s Cup Defender forces GGYC to seek legal redress in the New York Courts. Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) filed a lawsuit today against the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, which has jurisdiction over the America’s Cup Deed of Gift.... [more]

Team GBR win three medals at ISAF Youth Worlds
By Event Media,
Team GBR finished the Volvo ISAF Youth Worlds with three medals. Richard and Andrew Glover won Gold in the Multihull Open class, leading from start to finish. Winning Silver were Sophie Weguelin and Sophie Ainsworth in the 29er class and in the Boys 29er, James Ellis and Robert Partridge won the Bronze... [more]

Ian Andrews takes lead at RS Elite Nationals - Day 2
By Gerald New,
Day two at the RS Elite National Championships at HISC and with four races sailed they got back on track. Recovering after an OCS on the first day, Ian Andrews (HISC) moves into the lead after five races. In second is Jonathan Brown (RBYC) and third James Peters (HISC)... [more]

Aluette leads 8 metre Worlds into final day
By Event media,
At the start of the fourth day in the 8 metre Centennial World Championship 2007 Lafayette the Scottish boat, needed to hold onto their lead over Hollandia lying second and Yquem third to be in with a chance for the World Cup... [more]

Vicente Tirado's Caixa Galicia leads Breitling TP52
By Event media,
A first and a fourth today on the Bay of Palma was enough for Vicente Tirado's Caixa Galicia to move 14 points clear in the Regata Breitling-Illes Balears, proving that they are closest to being the most complete TP52 package at the moment. But, as Eamon Conneely's Patches proved today, margins can be lost quickly and summarily in this white-hot 24 boat fleet... [more]

Carveth Dominates Laser SB3 Grand Prix Series
By Clare Molloy,
The Volkswagen Touareg Laser SB3 Grand Prix series has been won by Geoff Carveth and his crew on Palava. The series, which is a combination of four individual Grand Prix events, this year included visits to Sunderland YC, The Royal Southern (Hamble) YC, Seaview YC and The Royal Lymington YC... [more]

RS800 Fat Face Racing Circuit at Weston SC
By RS,
Thirty-five RS800’s made the trip to Weston for the 8th round of the Fat Face Circuit, and experienced everything a British summer has to offer – 5 knots, 25 knots, sun, rain and everything in between! Overall Justin Deal and Rosie Geyman were victorious, ahead of Spod Olive and Guy Fillmore and Charlie Roome and Steve Hall... [more]

RS200 Fat Face Racing Circuit and Cakes
By Pete Vincent,
After a hugely successful GUL RS200 Nationals at Exe SC last year 51 RS200s travelled west for the sixth round of the Fat Face Racing Circuit with high expectations. Exe SC of course did us proud with a very friendly welcome, great organisation, top race management, sunshine (!!), wind, waves and tables full of cakes... [more]

Yachting World has more on America's Cup Challenge
By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Top UK yachting correspondent, Matthew Sheahan reports on the Yachting World magazine website on further developments post the 32nd America's Cup: 'One theory is that perhaps Ernesto Bertarelli has lent/given the South African team the money to get started in turn for an early entry. Such a move would not be without precedent.'... [more]

Team GBR at the Volvo ISAF Youth Worlds
By onEdition,
Images of Team GBR at the Volvo ISAF Youth Worlds in Canada... [more]

South Africa challenges for 33rd America's Cup
By Team PR and Sail-World,
Team Shosholoza founder and managing director Captain Salvatore Sarno confirmed that he had personally lodged a notice of entry and submitted the required performance bond and necessary certification with the Swiss Société Nautique Genève (SNG), the defending yacht club of the 2007 America's Cup winners, Team Alinghi... [more]

RS Elite National Championships - Day 1
By Peter Wareham,
The RS Elite National Championships got underway Thursday at HISC but only one race was completed due to the light wind. Twenty-one boats are competing from five clubs, but only ten managed a finish today, with a couple of OCS and the rest DNF... [more]

RS600s Fat Face Racing Circuit - Weston SC
By RS,
After the recent strong winds on the south coast it was a pleasant surprise to see 18 RS600s turn up for the Fat Face circuit event at Weston Sailing Club on 14/15 July... [more]

Spanish AC Challenger of Record holds Regatta
By Gerald New,
In an apparent effort to answer the criticism that the new club of the America's Cup Challenger of Record, the Club Náutico Español de Vela (CNEV), had not held a regatta on the sea, as required by the AC Deed of Gift, last weekend the CNEV held an Open Meeting in Santander . . . . for the junior Optimist class... [more]

Valencia to get Formula 1 + America's Cup (maybe)
By Gerald New,
With the traditional August shut-down in Spain approaching fast, the Valencian local government has been pulling out all the stops to get the future of the two events that will turn the city into a major force on the world sporting scene - Formula 1 and the America's Cup - settled... [more]

Optimist European Championships summary
By Event Media,
Regatta Day by Day summaries from the Optimist European Championships in Varkiza, Athens, Greece, sailed from the 10th to 18th July 2007... [more]

La Solitaire Afflelou Le Figaro - 52 skippers
By Event media,
La Solitaire Afflelou Le Figaro: 52 skippers on the start line 52 competitors, 14 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. From 31st July to 24th August, the skippers will battle it out between Caen - Crosshaven (Ireland) – Brest – La Coruña (Spain) and Les Sables d’Olonne to be crowned winners of La Solitaire 2007.... [more]

Light airs test crews at Volvo ISAF Youth Worlds
By Event Media,
Weak and confused gradient winds were the order of the day on Lake Ontario as the fleet racing in the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship got back out on the water for day four of the regatta after having a well-earned day off yesterday... [more]

Golden Gate YC shares vision for America’s Cup
By Golden Gate YC Media,
Golden Gate Yacht Club said today that the San Francisco club’s challenge will continue building on the sportsmanship and close competition of the latest America’s Cup... [more]

Eight Bells: Carleton Mitchell - July 16, 2007
By John Rousmaniere,
The winner of a record three straight Bermuda Races in Finisterre, a cruising sailor and powerboater of great accomplishment, and one of boating’s best and most influential writers and photographers, Carleton Mitchell died of heart failure on July 16, 2007, at his home in Key Biscayne, Florida. He was 96.... [more]

US Sailing: Crew overboard - rescue tactics and gear
By John Rousmaniere,
Two years ago a symposium was organised in San Francisco to evaluate various crew overboard rescue tactics and gear. The results of the symposium have been compiled by leading US sailor and writer, John Rousmaniere. Sail-World urges all sailors to read and carry a copy of this excellent report on your boat.... [more]

Fight for Swan American Regatta champion title
By Sarah Jackson,
Andrew Fisher's Bandit and the syndicate owned Tsunami have dominated the six races with a string of podium finishes, to lead the field with 6 and 9 points respectively... [more]

Eight America's Cup teams request dissolution?
By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZL,
The reputable Spanish newspaper, El Mundo is reporting that it has information saying that at least eight America's Cup teams have joined together in a joint formal communication... [more]

Second day success for Scottish yacht Lafayette
By Event media,
The second day of racing in the International 8 Metre Class World Championship at Rhu in Scotland saw a welcome change in the weather, with sunshine all day, and a south westerly breeze of around eleven or twelve knots providing two good races for the twenty one yachts from eleven countries... [more]

Volvo bring Sunset + Vine on board
By Lizzie Ward,
Leading independent sports producer Sunset + Vine has been appointed as the production partner for the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09. Sunset + Vine will produce 39 half-hour programmes and nine one-hour monthly programmes as part of the race’s broadcast output during the nine months of the event... [more]

Countdown to Volkswagen Touareg King of Cowes
By Julie Turner,
With less than three weeks to the inaugural Volkswagen Touareg King of Cowes at Skandia Cowes Week regatta, predicting the top runners and riders to take the title and drive off in a brand new Volkswagen Touareg is a hard one to call... [more]

Thomson’s new HUGO BOSS Open 60 hits the water
By Annabel Merrison,
Solo sailor Alex Thomson has had his first sail this week on his brand new state-of-the-art Open 60. Faster and more powerful than her predecessor, the innovative new HUGO BOSS looks like no other on the Open 60 circuit... [more]

3000 Open TT at Wilsonian Sailing Club
By Tony Hunt,
The 3000 Class held its third TT event of the year as part of the Medway Dinghy Regatta, organised by Wilsonian Sailing Club over the weekend of 14/15 July.... [more]

Deepening America’s Cup Protocol stand-off with top Teams
By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZL,
Within a fortnight of reaching stellar heights with the climatic finish to Race 7, the America’s Cup event has crashed to one of its lowest points ever with a stand-off developing amongst the key players. The shining star turned into a shooting star with the announcement of the controversial 33rd Protocol,... [more]

Rosebud has Pyewacket in its sights in Transpac
By Rich Roberts,
Morning roll call positions and Flagship tracking showed Rosebud, Roger Sturgeon's STP 65 from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., had ended its dive into the deep south in quest of favorable breeze and turned west toward the islands as Pyewacket, about 200 miles to the north, continued its steady slide directly down the middle of the course, trailed by several other big boats.... [more]

National 12 Open at Spinnaker
By N12,
Eleven National Twelves took to the water at Spinnaker on 14 July with a perfect force 3 and beaming sunshine. Graham Camm and Zoe Ballantyne won the first three races to take the trophy, while Jon Ibbotson and Clare Hunter had a string of seconds and took the final race to claim second place overall... [more]

Boison-Moller maintain lead in FD World Champs
By Gerald New,
Day two of the Flying Dutchman Worlds at Mar Menor in Spain. Jorgen and Jaicob Boison-Moller of Denmark have led from the first race and they have a five point lead after race four. They are the only team to stay in single figures in all the races... [more]

TeamOrigin's GBR 75 meets America
By Carlo Borlenghi,
TeamOrigin took their new training boat ‘GBR 75’ on a test sail in Valencian waters and meet up with the replica of America . . . Carlo Borlenghi was there with his camera... [more]

Mike Golding to race TVJ with Bruno Dubois
By Vicky Low,
Mike Golding has chosen ECOVER's longstanding sail programme co-ordinator Bruno Dubois of North Sails France to sail with him in the new boat's first major race, the Transat Jacques Vabre.... [more]

Record for Melges 24 Europeans-Rolex Baltic Week
By Andreas Kling,
World Champions, Olympic medal winners or America's Cup sailors, they are all fascinated by the high-tech yacht that was launched 14 years ago. The class' European elite is going to meet in Neustadt (Germany) on the Baltic Sea for their European Championship during the Rolex Baltic Week (17 through 23 August).... [more]

Team Aqua win combined Malcesine Cup event
By Bernard Schopfer,
Chris Bake and his team on Team Aqua won both the fleet racing title and the Malcesine Cup, after a tie with Team Omega - but the fleet race ranking is the final judge in that case... [more]

RORC Cowes-Dinard-St Malo
By Kirsty Apthorp,
Nearly half of the entries in the RORC Cowes-Dinard-St Malo 2-handed class last weekend were J/105s. The French J/105 Night & Day (Pascal & Alexis Loison) the 2005 Fastnet 2-handed class winners, led home the 2-handed fleet and are the winners of The Slingshot Trophy, which was also won by the J/105 of the same name in its first year of presentation, 2006... [more]

Medway Dinghy Regatta 2007
By Roy Winnett,
The Medway Dinghy Regatta, hosted and organised by Wilsonian Sailing Club on behalf of the Medway Yachting Association was held over the weekend 14 and 15 July. There was an excellent entry of 88 boats, with 39 visitors representing 15 sailing clubs including a contingent of 10 from Broxbourne SC and a fleet of Laser Stratos from Ahoy Sailing Centre... [more]

America's Cup heist might backfire on Bertarelli
By Cowes online,
If Louis Vuitton, who has sponsored the Challengers Series for many years but which has now withdrawn from the America's Cup and is locked in a legal battle with America's Cup Management, decides to support a new event along with the bulk of the Challengers, Alinghi and Ernesto Bertarelli may find themselves regretting the day they tried to hijack the America's Cup... [more]

B14 Worlds - event wrap
By B14 media,
With a force 5-6 and a forecast for more the PRO chose to keep the fleet in Carrrick Roads for the final showdown for the 2007 title.... [more]

Discards kick in at Volvo ISAF Youth Worlds
By Event Media,
As racing at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship reaches the halfway stage, the competition intensifies. All fleets have now sailed at least six races which means each competitor can discard his or her worse score so far.... [more]

British sailors bound for Olympic Test Event
By RYA/Lindsey Bell,
Following the conclusion of the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Cascais, Portugal, the Royal Yachting Association’s Olympic Selection Committee has today named the sailors who will compete for Skandia Team GBR at the 2007 Olympic Test Event in Qingdao, China, next month... [more]

Cowes Week to measure sailor satisfaction via SMS
By Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Skandia Cowes Week is to trial Mobile SMS Survey technology from eDigitalResearch to measure sailor satisfaction. The Sailing regatta will conduct daily surveys to help improve race courses and develop services to competitors.... [more]

TeamOrigin get sailing in GBR 75 off Valencia
By Tim Kelly,
TeamOrigin took their new training boat ‘GBR 75’ on a test sail in Valencian waters this week-end with technical and shore team members of the Alinghi and TeamOrigin team as part of the handover process (formerly SUI 75)... [more]

Largest ever OK Dinghy World Championships
By Robert Deaves,
The International OK Dinghy is one of those classes that has stood the test of time. This year marks the 50th anniversary of its creation in Denmark in 1957 and as part of the celebrations, quota for places at the world championship have been increased to allow extra sailors to take part... [more]

Whistlin’ Dixie is Best Boat overall at Dun Laoghaire
By Event media,
The Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta ended on Dublin Bay Sunday with the outcome in 25 classes decided after a 10-race series over 4 days of racing in light, variable winds, with poor visibility often a feature. The Volvo Trophy for Best Boat overall went to Whistlin’ Dixie - O’Sullivan/Keelan - of the Royal St George YC... [more]

Danes lead opening race at Flying Dutchman Worlds
By Gerald New,
Following on from the Spanish National Championship, the Flying Dutchman Worlds got underway at Mar Menor in Spain, Monday. Jorgen and Jaicob Boison-Moller of Denmark won the opening race ahead of the defending champions Szabolcs Majthenyi and Andras Domokos of Hungary... [more]

Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF Worlds - Day 2
By Event Media,
Racing today at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship was fast and furious, and ‘so much fun’ according to Australia’s Gabrielle King who won both races in the girls Laser Radial fleet. Twenty knots of southwesterly breeze kicked up white horses on Lake Ontario, and under a hard blue sky, the sailing was spectacular.... [more]

Swan Regatta starts tomorrow with 42's to debut
By Sarah Jackson,
As Newport prepares for the Swan American Regatta to start tomorrow, all eyes are on the new fleet of New York Yacht Club Swan 42's that are making their regatta debut. The one-design concept was only announced at the last edition of this biennial regatta, yet already there is a fleet of 11 preparing for action.... [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]

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]

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]

2007 Skandia Cowes Week
Cowes 03/08/07
When seven yachts signed up for the first organised yacht race at Cowes on 10th August 1826, it is unlikely anyone envisaged that this would become the annual world-class yachting event....
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Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2007
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2007 B14 World Championships
The 2007 B14 World Championships will be held in Falmouth at the Restronguet club from 8 – 13 July, 2007...
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2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships
2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships will bring together the Olympic Classes in their biggest-ever event from 28 June-13 July in Cascais, Portugal....
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2007 America's Cup

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2007 TP52 Breitling MedCup Circuit

The 2007 edition of this world class event will sail in Spanish, Portuguese and French waters....
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