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Chris Law died last week and the tributes have been flowing in. Finn Gold Cup winner, Olympic contender, America's Cup helm and top Match racer. Click the item to see more on a full competitive sailing life, cut-off far too early.

In the rest of the sailing news we have the continuing story - that must soon become a TV soap, Dallas meets the Simpsons - the 33rd America's Cup.

And in the real world, plenty of championship and event results from the UK and around the world.

Gerald New
UK Editor

Chris Law passes away at Lake Constance
By CL,
It is with great sadness that we share the news that Chris Law passed away at Lake Constance, Germany on Tuesday 24 July 2007 aged 55. Chris began his extraordinary sailing career at Lymington racing cadets with his brother Tim. His outstanding talent rapidly propelled him onto the International scene where he won the Finn Gold Cup. He went on to represent his country at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 1984 in the Soling before moving on to a new challenge in the form of match racing and the America's Cup. Sailors from around the world share their memories:... [more]

Hobie 16 and Hobie Dragoon Europeans - Day 1
By Diana Bogaards,
It was spectacular racing on the first day of the Hobie 16 and Hobie Dragoon Europeans 2007. A total of 66 female, youth and master participants enjoyed the challenging conditions on the North Sea off the coast of ‘s Gravenzande (NED). Richards/Kersuzan (FRA) lead Hobie 16 - Butler/Sutcliffe (GBR) lead Hobie Dragoon... [more]

Scandinavian Archipelago Raid starts Sunday
By Camilla Green,
Teams from 10 countries have today been gathering in Stockholm, Sweden in preparation for the 7th Archipelago Raid that starts with a prologue race from Stockholm on Sunday, 29 July, and will take teams through the unique and spectacular Swedish, Åland and Finnish archipelago... [more]

Final positions for RS classes at Travemuender Week
By Sail-World,
The RS200, 400, 600, 700 and 800 classes raced their Euro-Cup series at Travemuender Week in Germany... [more]

Jewel in the crown - Jersey Telecom Regatta
By Bill Harris,
Designed for both local and visiting sailors alike, the Jersey Telecom Regatta, for eight years the jewel in the crown of Jersey’s busy sailing programme, is being staged over the weekend of 7 to 9 September. This annual sailing spectacular is the ‘really must attend’ event in the Channel Island’s sailing calendar... [more]

Troia Portugal Match Cup: Minor places unsettled
By Bob Fisher,
The early racing at Troia today was to find who had the minor shares of the prize fund – the fifth to eighth places in the Troia Portugal Match Cup – and the races were not free from dispute. The International Jury overturned one Race Committee decision after a red flag protest from a competitor, and the racing was otherwise close.... [more]

Gilmour v Williams final -Troia Portugal Match Cup
By Event media,
Semi-finals day at the Troia Portugal Match Cup pitted a fascinating mix of old and new talent against each other, with Peter Gilmour (AUS) facing up against Areva Challenge’s Sebastien Col (FRA), and BMW Oracle’s Gavin Brady (NZL) against team Pindar’s Ian Williams (GBR).... [more]

Goacher takes lead at Flying 15 UK Nationals
By Jo Turner,
Goacher does it again and scores two first putting him in pole position with one day to go. Steve Goacher and Phil Evans had some very close racing at the front of the open fleet with challenges from the start line right to the finish... [more]

GBR Radials ready for the off at Europeans
Great Britain’s quest for success at the Laser Radial European Championships begins this weekend at Scheveningen, the Netherlands, with over 100 boats from 30 countries ready to race off the Dutch coast... [more]

420 Open European Championship - Day 2
By Sail-World,
After the first two days of racing at the 420 Open European Championship in Turkey, Antonio Pereira and Afonso Prieto (POR) lead the men and Imke Brockerhoff and Annika Storck (GER) lead the women... [more]

COYCHyères, wins the Tour de France à la Voile
By Anatole Lucet,
COYCHyères (Fabien Henry) won two legs out of three Friday, and is now certain to win this years Tour de France Sailing Race 2007. The three followers are still fighting for the second place... [more]

Laser 4.7 European Championships - Final
By Gerald New,
The Laser 4.7 European Championships out on Dublin Bay finished Friday with Tajana Ganic of Croatia winner in the women's final and Alexios Katsios of Greece, winner of the Mens... [more]

Pass Me That Blank Sheet of Paper - Mark Chisnell
By Mark Chisnell,
I have to say, I’m kind of gobsmacked… But not by the Golden Gate Yacht Club’s (GGYC) court action. Barely were the electronic dipoles set on last Friday’s blog when the GGYC, who represent Larry Ellison’s Oracle team, filed with the Supreme Court of the State of New York in support of their Challenge to Alinghi... [more]

Final four decided - Troia Portugal Match Cup
By Event media,
Gavin Brady (USA) made short work of the Portuguese skipper, Marinho, but the other matches were not quite so one-sided. Paolo Cian took the first race from Peter Gilmour (AUS) and made him fight hard for the three victories that took him to the semi-final.... [more]

Saskia wins Metre Class Centenary Regatta
By Peter Campbell,
Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s Saskia has won the 8 Metre class at the Metre Class Centenary Regatta at Cowes, scoring her third successive win overnight on The Solent in a regatta shortened by bad weather.... [more]

Racing gets underway in Istanbul
By Catherine Dodds,
Off to an excellent start in the International 420 Class European Championships in Istanbul. The first's day's racing is complete.... [more]

America's Cup Arbitration Panel steps into Dispute
By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZL,
Sail-World has been forwarded a letter from Golden Gate Yacht Club responding to notice apparently given by the Challenger and Defender of the America's Cup, of their intention to submit the validity of the Challenger of Record (Club Nautico Espanol de Vela) to the yet to be publicly announced Arbitration panel for the 33rd America's Cup.... [more]

Weather delays Yngling Worlds
By Sail-World,
Racing was postponed Friday at the Volvo Yngling Open World and European Youth Championships in the Netherlands. The Dutch team of, Hidde-Jan Haven, Don van Arem and Auke van der Werf lead the Worlds, with just racing on Saturday to go... [more]

FF National Championships - Champagne day in Largs
By Jo Turner,
'Great breeze and surfing conditions – it doesn’t get much better' is how current overall leader Jeremy Davy described the days sailing. Competitors enjoyed stronger wind conditions with a fresh westerly breeze and sunny conditions... [more]

Chasing the Dream - Optimist to Olympics 2012
By Sophie Luther amended by Sail-World,
It is not stretching the imagination too far to think that some of the youngsters competing in next weeks Optimist UK Nationals, could be involved in the Olympic Games which will be held on these waters in 2012. Certainly some of the competitors from previous Optimist championships will be there... [more]

Craig takes third OK World title in style
By Robert Deaves, OKDIA,
In Leba, Poland, Nick Craig (GBR) won his third consecutive OK Dinghy World Championship after scoring a second and a first in extreme conditions that tested all the sailors to the limit.... [more]

First day of final rounds at 470 Junior Worlds
By Diana Bogaards, amended by Sail-World,
Full planing in huge waves, made for very spectacular sailing. The day was not with out some incidents - three boats broke shrouds, others had big crashing capsizes. In all 14 boats didn't finish and had to limp home. But those who wound their courage level up, really did a fantastic job in such trying conditions.... [more]

Hunt and Byrd dominate 505 Open at Shotley
By Charlie Walters and Norman Byrd,
Two dozen hardy 505 sailors braved the flooded roads of the UK to drive/float their way to Shotley. We were greeted with blue skies, perfect wind and well set windward leeward courses. Jim Hunt and Norman Byrd were the eventual winners... [more]

Black Flag day at Optimist Worlds
By Gerald New,
James Grant is the highest placed British competitor at the Optimist Worlds in Sardinia after the second day of racing. Grant avoided being one of the 60 competitors who suffered an OCS in race 3, only to pick-up an OCS in race four... [more]

Images from the 2007 Star Worlds - Final race
By Fried Elliot,
Top sailing photographer, Fried Elliot, who has a long association with the Star class took these shots of the final race of the 2007 World Star Class Championships in Cascais, Portugal... [more]

Last eight decided in Troia Match Cup
By Bob Fisher,
In four flights of racing this afternoon, six of the quarter finalists were decided, but it took another five flights, well into the evening, before the other two were able to claim their places. Throughout the day the northerly wind persisted in direction, although it varied in strength.... [more]

European 18ft Skiff Grand Prix - Round 4 Day 1
By Andy Richards,
After a fairly light wind affair in Round 3, the European 18ft Skiff Grand Prix turned up to Sonderborg in Denmark to the inevitable rain but nearly 20 knots of breeze.... [more]

470 Internationale makes important decisions
By 470 Internationale,
Important decisions were taken at the Annual General Assembly of 470 Internationale, governing body of the International 470 Class, that took place the 14th of July 2007 in Estoril, Portugal.... [more]

Warren and Robinson take Merlin Open at HISC
By Chris Robinson,
Despite a poor forecast a decent turnout of 27 boats came to compete on the sea at HISC on Sunday 22 July. Conditions looked light while competitors rigged, but the warm sunshine looked promising for a sea breeze.... [more]

Flying Fifteen Easyjet UK Nationals - Day 1
By Joanna Turner,
The Flying Fifteen National Championship got underway Thursday, 26 July, at Largs. With 37 boats entered and near perfect conditions the fleet launched and headed for the race area off the North end of Great Cumbrae... [more]

Moose For The Crown?
By Julie Turner,
Legendary round the world yachtsman Mike Sanderson (Moose) has confirmed he will compete in the Volkswagen Touareg King of Cowes at Skandia Cowes Week Regatta on 3 August 2007... [more]

Metre Regatta loses another day
By Media,
There was no racing in the Metre Regatta at Cowes yesterday or today (Thursday) due to high winds. Tomorrow is the last day and I think they will try to squeeze two races in the morning if weather permits.... [more]

Moths and Cherubs abandon Nationals
By Media,
Strong winds of 20-25 knots, with gusts over 30 mean that unfortunately racing on the final two days of the Nationals was abandoned, however the fleets enjoyed four days on the water in winds of 8-15 knots and plenty of sunshine earlier in the week.... [more]

Nick Craig strikes back at OK World Championship
By Robert Deaves, OKDIA,
Three more tough races were today sailed at the 2007 OK Dinghy World Championships in Leba, Poland. Two wins and a third place for defending world champion Nick Craig (GBR) were enough for him to take a seven point lead going into the final day... [more]

Dean Barker explains America's Cup Challenges
By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZL,
Just over seven hours after Emirates Team New Zealand CEO, Grant Dalton stated in a live television interview in New Zealand that his team would have to move very carefully in regard to the next America’s Cup; didn’t want to make mistakes and realised that they were something of a Kingmaker in the current dispute; it was announced in Valencia that Emirates Team New Zealand had entered the next America’s Cup... [more]

Leroy and Williams top Match Rankings
Claire LEROY (FRA) and Ian WILLIAMS (GBR) both continue to reign at the top of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings. With the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship fast approaching, LEROY will be working hard to keep her from and claim that elusive title. WILLIAMS will also face some more challenges in the coming months as match racers return to the Graded circuit following the conclusion of the 32nd America's Cup.... [more]

Two skippers unbeaten - Troia Portugal Match Cup
By Yvonne Reid,
Gavin Brady (NZL) of the BMW Oracle Racing Team won all three of his matches in the round robin, as did Peter Gilmour (AUS) of the Pizza-La Sailing Team at the Troia Portugal Match Cup. It was a day of mixed wind conditions; the early westerly breeze gave way to a shifting northerly at the end of the third flight,... [more]

Day 1 of Mens Match racing in Troia
By Bob Fisher,
At the end of the first day’s racing in the Troia Portugal Match Cup, only three of the twelve skippers have unbeaten records. Gavin Brady (NZL) of the BMW Oracle Racing Team won all three of his matches in the round robin, as did Peter Gilmour (AUS) of the Pizza-La Sailing Team.... [more]

America's Cup details revealed by Defender
By ACM Media,
Just 22 days after the magnificent outcome of the 32nd America's Cup, with Alinghi's victory in Valencia, the Swiss Defender led by Ernesto Bertarelli, together with the Société Nautique de Genève and ACM, have made public most of the details for the 33rd edition of the oldest trophy in the world of sport.... [more]

BRITAIR open 60 for the next Vendée Globe
By David de Prémorel,
Built by Multiplast for Armel Le Cleac'h and launched in Vannes on Wednesday 18th July 2007, the new BRITAIR is the third next-generation finot-conq Open 60 to hit the water this year... [more]

America's Cup - The last two Days
By Bob Fisher,
Between them, the two billionaires, Ernesto Bertarelli and Larry Ellison, have outlined their plans for America’s Cup 33. They are so different. On the one hand the defender has issued plans to hold the Cup in 2009 in Valencia, while the Deed of Gift challenger has introduced a new CEO and planned a totally different venue – the New York State Court, as soon as possible.... [more]

Teams rev-up for BMW UK Sailing Cup
By Jo Gawith,
The second BMW Sailing Cup gets underway Thursday as twelve teams, from BMW UK dealers across the country, prepare to battle it out on the Solent. The crews of up to seven individuals will compete in Sunfast 37s for the chance to represent the UK in the BMW Sailing Cup World Final (venue to be decided).... [more]

Ian and Mark Nicholson win RS K6 Yarmouth Open
By RS media,
Nine K6's turned out for the Royal Solent YC Open Meeting at Yarmouth on the weekend of 21/22 July and if modest in number the standard of entry was high: first position in each of the six races was shared between five boats. Another characteristic of the event was the number of young, seven crew members well under twenty years old and all sailing competitively... [more]

Mark Perrow (NZL) leads OK Worlds
By Robert Deaves,
After the first two days were lost through too much wind and then too little, day three brought perfect conditions with three tough races completed. The day belonged to the strong New Zealand team, with Mark Perrow (NZL) taking two race wins. Second overnight is the defending champion Nick Craig (GBR)... [more]

Strong winds stop Europe Worlds in Holland
By Event media,
Today should have been the first day of the finals for the men and a continuation of racing for the girls. However mother earth decided to thrown something extra for today with winds of 35 knots. Mathias Mollatt of Norway leads the Men and Svenja Puls of Germany the women... [more]

Shake-up at European Laser 4.7 Championship
By Gerald New,
Yan Chekh from Russia increased his lead at the boy's European Laser 4.7 Championship at Dun Laoghaire to go eight point clear of second placed Andraz Gulic (SLO). In the girl's event, Serena de Luca of Italy lead is down to two points... [more]

Saskia’s first two wins at Cowes
By Pater Campbell,
Saskia, the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s entrant in the Metre Class Centenary Regatta at Cowes on England’s Isle of Wight, has won her first two races in the 8-Metre division, sailed overnight on The Solent.... [more]

They dont know you, they don't know us, but they know Google
By Brendan Nash,
Every day, hundreds of millions of Internet users, use Google and other search engines to find information on the Internet. Just type in some key words and up pops a list of matches, it’s the most common thing that any of us do, day in day out.... [more]

Troia Portugal Match Race Cup begins Wednesday
By Bob Fisher,
The third event in this year’s World Match Racing Tour begins tomorrow with the opening round robin of the Troia Portugal Match Cup. Twelve skippers will meet each of the others once and the top scoring eight helmsmen will progress to the knock out stages of the competition, beginning with the quarter-finals that will begin as soon as the preliminaries are complete.... [more]

Battlelines drawn on and off the water in Valencia
By Richard Gladwell,
One of the worst kept secrets in sailing was confirmed overnight (NZT) with the appointment of Russell Coutts as CEO and Skipper of BMW Oracle Racing for the next America’s Cup series, whenever that may be. Coutts was presented with a team shirt emblazoned with the number 12 – his lucky number.... [more]

World Class competitors for Archipelago Raid
By Camilla Green,
The Raid pushes teams to the edge both mentally and physically as they navigate round the 100,000 islands that make up the Swedish, Aland and Finnish Archipelagos. The teams battle through uncharted rocks and changing weather conditions for 5 days stopping only for a brief ‘overnight’ rest when the sun goes down in a region which sees very little night time in the high summer.... [more]

Gilmour returns for Troia Portugal Match Cup
By Yvonne Reid,
Twelve skippers will meet each of the others once and the top scoring eight helmsmen will progress to the knock out stages of the competition, beginning with the quarter-finals that will begin as soon as the preliminaries are complete.... [more]

Mee and Wagstaff top at Hayling Fireball Open
By Tim Saunders,
An excellent weekend of racing was held at Hayling Island SC during the 21 and 22 of July. The poor travelling conditions on Friday night and Saturday morning severely affected the numbers with only 16 boats competing... [more]

Russell Coutts signs with BMW Oracle Racing
By BMW Oracle Racing Media,
BMW ORACLE Racing team owner Larry Ellison announced today that three-time America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts will lead his AC 33 team. 'Russell and I are both looking forward to competing in the next America’s Cup,' said Ellison. 'But it is essential that the challengers act together to force Alinghi to agree to a fair and equitable protocol.'... [more]

Quadriplegic Hilary Lister conquers Around the IOW
By Kate Fairclough,
Hilary Lister, 35, the first quadriplegic to sail solo across the English Channel exactly two years ago, today became the first female quadriplegic to sail solo around the Isle of Wight... [more]

Fast Track Sailing on course for Olympics
Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy today announced the appointment of Fast Track Sailing as its public relations agency. Immediately following the 2008 Beijing Games the spotlight will focus on the UK and for sailing this will centre on the WPNSA where the 2012 sailing events will take place... [more]

OK Dinghy World Championships – Day two
By Robert Deaves, OKDIA,
What do you do with 118 OK Dinghy sailors when there is either too much wind or not enough wind to be able to get in any races? Well the after sailing free beer on offer here in Leba, Poland helps, but the sailors' frustration is very apparent as for the third day in a row there was no racing... [more]

AC Valencia signing delayed after Madrid meeting
By Gerald New,
In further developments in the America's Cup saga, the signing of the agreement between ACM and Valencia for the running of the 33rd America´s Cup is now not expected until the end of August.... [more]

Swiss reject USA challenge for 33rd America’s Cup
ACM today issued, on behalf of the Société Nautique de Genève, a formal rejection of the Golden Gate Yacht Club challenge, on behalf of BMW Oracle Racing, for the 33rd America’s Cup. The statement delivered a stinging riposte to the Golden Gate Yacht Club and BMW Oracle Racing, the only US challenger in the 2007 America's Cup... [more]

TP52 images from the Breitling Illes Balears
Vicente Tirado’s TP52, Caixa Galicia, won the famous Regatta Breitling Illes Balears, sailed on the Bay of Palma. Thierry Martinez captured the excitement and the action during this regatta, which is part of the Breitling MedCup Circuit.... [more]

Of the lessons of Troia and Women's Match Racing
By Bob Fisher,
After this successful event, there can be no doubt that Women’s Match Racing has a place in the Olympic Regatta. It fulfils all the necessary criteria of the International Olympic Committee, particularly with regard to its suitability for television, and it is this that sets it apart.... [more]

Hong Kong one step closer to Volvo Ocean race
By Event media,
Hong Kong has moved a step closer to becoming a port of call for 2008-09 following a round of meetings this week between Volvo Ocean Race organisers and government representatives... [more]

Jenny Axhede succeeds in Troia Portugal Womens
By Bob Fisher,
Jenny Axhede of Sweden emerged the triumphal victor of the Troia Portugal Women’s Match Cup, defeating Sally Barkow of the United States by three races to one in an action-packed final the finished shortly before sunset. It was a final in which wind shifts and penalties played their part.... [more]

Caixa Galicia wins Breitling Iles Balears
By Event media,
Caixa Galicia has won the Breitling Iles Balears and leads the Breitling MedCup Overall standings. It was the same successful formula that served them well through the three previous days on the Bay of Palma which today ensured Vicente Tirado’s Caixa Galicia won the famous Regatta Breitling Illes Balears for the first time... [more]

Red Macaw overall winners of East Anglian Week
By Sarah Watson,
A week of unseasonal weather is fast becoming the norm for East Anglian Week and the 2007 edition did not attempt to buck this trend. Mercifully the fleet’s predilection for hard sailing and hard partying was undimmed and, as unsettled weather tends to mean breeze, the competitors had very little to complain about... [more]

Groupama 3 takes Atlantic Record by 4hrs 26min
By Sail-World and Franck Cammas,
Franck Cammas and his nine team-members beat the record of the crossing of the Atlantic in 4 days 03 hours 57 minutes 54 seconds, with the average of 28.65 kts for the 2,925 miles of the course... [more]

Golden Gate & BMW Oracle Racing Media Conference Links
By Sail-World,
Golden Gate YC and BMW Oracle Racing have called a challenger amd media conference for Tuesday. The first will be a Challenger only conference at 1400hrs Valencia time, with the second Media conference will be staged at 1700hrs Valencia time.... [more]

Mean Machine withdraws from Volvo Ocean Race
By Volvo Ocean Race Media,
The Ray Davies (NZL) skippered Mean Machine have announced the withdrawal of their entry for the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 after failing to secure the full funding for their campaign.... [more]

Velocitek UK Cherub and Moth National Championship
By Event media,
Now in a position to discard a second place, Lucy and Will Lee won another three races today in the Cherub fleet giving them a 26 point lead on a fantastic score of 8 points after 9 races. In the International Moth Championships the top three placings are still very tight with Stokes Bay sailor Jason Belben leading the way... [more]

Europe World Championship - Day 3
By Event media,
The third day of racing at the Europe World Championship 2007 was characterised by a light wind with the sky dominated with heavy rain shower clouds. Svenja Puls from Germany leads the women and Mathias Mollatt from Norway the men... [more]

262 young sailors at European Laser 4.7 Champs
By Event media,
Massive Youth Fleet Master Dublin Bay’s Changeable Conditions at the European Laser 4.7 Championship. The biggest youth sailing fleet seen on Dublin Bay successfully completed the opening two qualifying races for the European Laser 4.7 Championship at Dun Laoghaire Sunday... [more]

Images from the RS Elite Nationals
By Lucy Jameson,
Images from the RS Elite Nationals at Hayling Island. A range of weather for the 21 competitors and a close run result. Local photographer Lucy Jameson of Around the Cans was on hand... [more]

Metre Centenary Regatta gets underway at Cowes
By Marina Johnson,
The Metre Class Centenary Regatta opened on Monday with 78 entries. The Solent event is celebrating a 100 years of the Metre Rule which has spawned a range of racing yachts made famous through their competitiveness in different eras for different events... [more]

TeamOrigin challenge accepted for 33rd America's Cup
By Media PR,
Today, Monday 23 July 2007, the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG), represented by Alinghi, received a challenge from the Royal Thames Yacht Club (RTYC), represented by TeamOrigin, for the 33rd America’s Cup. AC Management (ACM) has now informed the RTYC and TeamOrigin that its challenge has been accepted... [more]

OK Worlds on hold as strong winds lash Polish coast
By Robert Deaves, OKDIA,
After very strong winds caused the cancellation of the practice race on Sunday, the 2007 OK Dinghy World Championships suffered a similar fate on Monday when the first two scheduled races were cancelled... [more]

Liverpool YC Offshore Race Series - No. 4
By Richard Baldwin,
Liverpool Yacht Club used the Wallasey Yacht Club Offshore challenge trophy race to Puffin Island Anglesey as the fourth race in the offshore race series. Overall winner was LYC and WYC member Neil Thomas in his Prima 38 beating Nick Ogden’s J122 Ulula who had taken line honours by 32 seconds. Third overall was Richard Booth in a second Prima 38... [more]

Announcement imminent on 33rd America's Cup venue
If one is to believe the various reports that appear this morning on Valencia's newspapers and the local state television channel, the announcement of the final agreement between the city and the organization of the 33rd America's Cup is imminent and could take place as early as next Wednesday.... [more]

High winds hit Weightmans Lyver Trophy Race
By RB,
After a 12-hour postponement due to high winds, 15 yachts crossed the start line at 04:40hrs on Saturday morning, 7 July, to compete in the 2007 Weightmans Lyver Trophy Race from Liverpool to Howth... [more]

Barkow leads after Rounds Robin in Troia
By Bob Fisher,
The United States skipper, Sally Barkow, was the leader at the end of the second round robin of this Grade 1 event at the Portuguese resort at Troia. She began the day with three wins that took her total to 12 for only one defeat.... [more]

A flying finish but no record for Pyewacket
By Rich Roberts,
A flying finish almost made the first half of the 44th Transpacific Yacht Race to Hawaii forgettable as Pyewacket's bid for the record fell 9 hours 7 minutes 44 seconds short Sunday.... [more]

Australia’s Hamilton wins 2007 Contender Worlds
By Rob Kothe,
Marcus Hamilton was confirmed as the 2007 Contender World Championship in Holland yesterday. Racing was cancelled on the last day of the championship when 35 knot north easterlies blasted the Medemblik course.... [more]

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]

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