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Summer has arrived in the UK in time for Cowes Week. The opening weekend has seen great sunshine and good sailing breezes.

The last week has also seen a clutch of dinghy and keelboat championships in the UK and Europe, with plenty more to come over the rest of August.

Enjoy your sailing.
Gerald New
UK Editor

Skandia Cowes week - Dave Cummins wins Laser SB3 Sunday
By Clare Molloy,
Day 2 of Skandia Cowes week started cleanly first time for the Laser SB3 Fleet. The POR sent the fleet in an easterly direction, up-wind and down-tide, avoiding the tacking battles of yesterday... [more]

Soling European Championship - Final report
By M Collins,
Friday had clear skies for the first time at the 2007 APL Soling European Championship, the wind came in slowly from the South west, with two general recalls, the race started with 7 knots of wind.... [more]

Images from Day 1 of Skandia Cowes Week 2007
By OnEdition,
Images from Day 1 of Skandia Cowes Week 2007 - Skandia Cowes Week is recognised as the 'must do' sailing regatta on the international sporting calendar as well as being a firm fixture in the traditional line-up of British Summer 'Season' events... [more]

Renaud de Malet/Rossollin European Hobie 16 Champions
By Diana Bogaards,
On a perfect final day, the Frenchmen Christophe Renaud de Malet and Alban Rossollin from New Caledonia won the European Championship Hobie 16. ‘It was a real Hobie Day’, was the most quoted expression on the ‘s Gravenzande beach... [more]

Volkswagen Touareg Laser SB3 fleet start at Cowes
By Clare Molloy,
Nearly 100 Laser SB3s lined up for the first start of Skandia Cowes week today in glorious sunshine and a typical Solent sea breeze. After only one general recall the fleet took off towards the west, tacking close in shore past Cowes Green. There was plenty of shouting as boats crossed close to shore calling for water, backing up to remove weed with the unfortunate few clattering on the rocks... [more]

Thrilling racing at ISA Speedsurfing Grand Prix
By Event media,
David Garrel (FRA, F2, North) scored his best result in a worldcup competition with a second place and Finian Maynard (BVI, F2) defended the overall lead with a solid third place. In the ladies fleet it was even closer between Karin Jaggi (SUI, F2, North) and Valerie Ghibaudo (FRA, Loft Sails) who were on the same average speed and the winner could only be determined after extensive video checking. Zara Davis (GBR) third.... [more]

Basilica in pole position - iShares Cup Cowes
By Justine Ozoux,
Day two saw several boats shine with Shirley Robertson's JPMorgan Asset Management slipping into the top three and Nick Moloney's BT getting comfortable in second overall. With podium positions still up for grabs and a double points race lurking on the horizon, there is still all to play for tomorrow in the final day of racing in the penultimate iShares Cup Extreme 40 sailing series event... [more]

Skandia Cowes Week Daily Race Report - Day 1
By Cowes PR,
The Skandia Cowes Week fleet of 941 boats made the most of the breezy and sunny conditions in the Solent in their first competitive outing of the week. And in the hot Laser SB3 class today, Geoff Carveth drew first blood to raise the stakes amongst the largest fleet at Skandia Cowes Week. The European and National champion campaigning Earls Court Boat Show posted a 68-second victory over second placed PWC, helmed by three times runner up at Cowes Jono Shelley.... [more]

Siemens TP52 champion at Copa del Rey Camper Audi
By Vicky Low,
Twenty years after he last won the Mediterranean's premier trophy on the Maxi Il Moro di Venezia, Paul Cayard called the tactics successfully on Siemens for owner Roemmers and skipper-helmsman Guilermo Parada, winning a closely fought series by just six points from Vasco Vascotto's 2005 Breitling MedCup winning team on Mutua Madrilena.... [more]

Craftinsure 61st Firefly Nationals - Day 1
By Barney Smith,
Fifty-five Fireflys have now arrived at Weymouth for the Craftinsure 61st Firefly Nationals. The fleet has spent the day soaking taking in the Weymouth sites whilst getting their boats scrutineered and catching up with friends old and new... [more]

Le Figaro fleet in port at Crosshaven
By Event media,
Since this morning, all 50 Figaro Bénéteau boats have been moored at the Royal Cork Yacht Club. Frederic Duthil (Distinxion) won the leg, with Nicolas Troussel (Fiananco) and Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia) who arrived at 11h34h00s and 11h24m12s respectively – completing the podium for this third leg. In fourth place just 3 minutes later was Thierry Chabagny (Brossard), who crossed just ahead of Nicolas Berenger (Kone Ascenseurs).... [more]

Evi van Acker defends Radial European Title
By Radial media,
Evi van Acker managed defend her Radial European title with a display of magnificent sailing. Elated and in high spirits she crossed the finish line. 'She is so happy and she deserves to be for more than one reason!' her coach Wil van Bladel told us.... [more]

Ben Paton (GBR) is Laser Radial World Champion
By Sail-World,
Ben Paton of Britain is the 2007 World Laser Radial Champion for men. It was a close call until the very end with uncertainties as to who would win, Ben Paton or Eduard van Vianen (NED) With only a difference of 2 points the title belonged to Ben... [more]

Chris Steele (NZL) is 2007 Optimist World Champion
By Opti media,
Chris Steele of the Wakatere BC near Auckland, is the 2007 Optimist World Champion, the first time the event has been won by a New Zealand sailor. Chris, and Logan Dunning-Beck in 9th place, are both from the same club as 2004 silver medallist Paul Snow-Hansen who last week took silver in the 29ers at the ISAF World Youth Championship. Combined with Carl Evans who had two top-20 results at Optimist Worlds and became the youngest ever 420 world champion there is clearly a great group of NZL sailors reminiscent of Jim Saltonstall's 'ferrets' of the early '90s... [more]

National 12 - Camm and Ballantyne win the Week
By N12 media,
After the final race at the National 12 championship week was sailed on Friday. Graham Camm and Zoe Ballantyne narrowly beat Tom Stewart and Liz Rossin for the overall National 12 Burton Week series, Paul and Guy Pelling won the Burton Cup... [more]

Open Hobie 16 Europeans - lead closes up for final day
By Diana Bogaards,
On Friday, the battle for the Open Hobie 16 European title 2007 was very close off the coast of Gravenzande, Netherlands. The leaders Christophe Renaud de Malet and Alban Rossollin (FRA) scored two black flags, so they saw their lead dropping to three points... [more]

Alister Richardson, Volkswagen Touareg King of Cowes
By Julie Turner,
Billed as the keelboat champion of champions the Volkswagen Touareg King of Cowes at Skandia Cowes Week delivered everything it promised and more as the 27 competitors kept the watching crowds and media at the edge of their seats in a stunning three-race regatta that was only decided in the final moments... [more]

Aussie crew chase Team Basilica at Cowes iShares Cup
By Justine Ozoux,
Day One of the iShares Cup at Skandia Cowes Week brought glamorous sailing conditions to the Solent with the drama and action of Extreme 40 racing unfolding in a series of soaring hulls, damaged boats and heartbroken sailors. The eight-boat fleet kept the crowds basking in the British sunshine along the shore fully entertained throughout the five high-octane races... [more]

Hamilton still leads RS:X Youth Worlds
By RS:X Class and,
August 1st was a lay day at the RS:X Youth Worlds. After 8 races, with one discard Richard Hamilton from GBR leads the Gold fleet. In the Women's fleet its a battle of the German girls at the top of the leader board. Moana Delle leads from Regina Stadler.... [more]

2007 North American Star Championship Report
By Andy Horton,
Hosted by the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, day one of the North American Championships kicked off with a beautiful day.... [more]

TP52s Battle Royal for the Final Day
By Vicky Low,
While a consistent day, posting a third and a fifth, was enough to return Alberto Roemmers' Siemens to the overall regatta lead again, a standout pair of victories by Stuart Robinson's Stay Calm elevated them to third overall.... [more]

Prada decides not to compete in America's Cup 33
By Francesco Longanesi Cattani,
Prada, after Emirates Team New Zealand, the longest surviving team in the America's Cup, has issued a media release announcing that they have decided not to compete in the next America's Cup in Valencia.... [more]

Mascalzone Latino: Thoughts on America’s Cup 33
By Vincenzo Onorato,
The head of Mascalzone Latino, Vincenzo Onorato, has issued a statement on the Italian team's proposal for the 33rd America's Cup and a solution for the current impasse... [more]

Alex Mothersele clinches Title at Optimist Nationals
By Sophie Luther,
Alex Mothersele from Emsworth SC, fought off strong competition in the senior fleet all week, in the form of Spanish sailor, Eric Plancon, to win gold with two points spare. Top female, American Sarah Williams just pipped her teammate Alex Curtis to a bronze medal. The final day of racing at the Volvo Musto Optimist Nationals saw the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown visit the Weymouth and Portland National Academy, while the young sailors finished off their week long regatta, with three races today... [more]

Archipelago Raid won by French Nissan Hobiecat team
By Camilla Green,
The Archipelago Raid, the extreme race through the 100,000 islands of the Archipelago region, finished today with the French team of Jean Christophe Mourniac/Franck Citeau clinching victory in what has been an exciting and drama filled event... [more]

Close Competition at the RS Feva Europeans
By RS media,
Summer has finally arrived, and the temperature is hotting up for the 70 boats at the RS Feva 3-Mobile European Championships at the Waterford Harbour Sailing Club in Ireland. Going into the final day of racing the gap at the top is down to a single point with Sofia Engstrom / Frida Langenius (SWE) leading, second Guy Stephens / Rory Spriggs (GBR) and third James Hamer / Ben Gratton (GBR)... [more]

Gold Cup prize purse increased
By Sean McNeill,
Early entries include last year’s finalists, England’s Ian Williams of Team Pindar and France’s Mathieu Richard of the Saba Sailing Team. Williams defeated Richard, 3-1, last year in the first Gold Cup final for both skippers.... [more]

Pistol and Wilson are Cadet UK Champions
By Cadet media,
Michal and Agata Tomaszewski from Poland were the deserved and convincing winners of the UK Open Championship, with runners-up Josh Pistol and Jack Wilson (GBR) in Pintail becoming the 2007 UK National Champions... [more]

Open Finnish Championships in the Dragon Class
By Henry Ericsson,
The Open Finnish Championships in the Dragon Class started on Thursday, as a prelude to the main event, the Volvo Dragon European Championship coming up on Monday... [more]

First SolOceans hull emerges from the mould
By SolOceans Media,
The first carbon hull of the Veolia Oceans® one-design for the first SolOceans series to be produced has been removed from the mould by the Jean-Marie Vaur team at the JMV Industries in Cherbourg (Lower Normandy) yard, under the supervision of Christian Brit, SailingOne's production manager.... [more]

Volvo Dragon European Championship preview
By Henry Ericsson,
A total of 43 Dragon class yachts from ten nations are entered for the regatta. The largest contingents are from Finland and Russia, with 14 and 12 yachts respectively. Five Dragons come from Sweden, four from Germany, two from Norway and two from the United Kingdom. Single entries are sent by Denmark, Estonia, France and Monaco.... [more]

Dean Barker looks back on America's Cup 32
By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZL,
The day after it was announced in Valencia that Emirates Team New Zealand had made an entry for the 33rd America’s Cup, Sail-World spoke with skipper Dean Barker on the implications of the new 90ft class and the strategy behind their entry.... [more]

Second Spanish America's Cup Challenger unveiled
The leading Spanish sailing website has revealed that second Spanish Challenger for the America's Cup is about to be unveiled. In contrast to Desafio Espanol, this challenger will be representing an established Spanish Yacht club.... [more]

Olympic Sailing - Now for something different!
By Gerald New,
Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) the sailing site for the 2012 Olympics, will feature a rather different event next week when the two man Olympic class from the 1956 Games held in Melbourne, hold their 44th European Championship there... [more]

Consistent Cayard calls it for Siemens
By Vicky Low,
A second, third and fifth proved the level of consistency required today for Alberto Roemmers' Siemens to take the overall lead in the 22 boat TP52 class on the second racing day of the 26th Copa del Rey Camper Audi on the Bay of Palma.... [more]

Paul and Guy Pelling take National 12 Burton Cup
By N12 media,
Race 3 at the National 12 Championship was for the The Burton Cup which gives its name to their championship - Burton Week. For the fleet gathered at Brixham Yacht Club this week, the Burton Cup is the principle trophy... [more]

Liverpool YC Summer Series No. 4
By Tim Fowle,
Liverpool Yacht Club held the fourth race of their Summer Series on Sunday 29 July. It was a depleted fleet as many yachts were in Anglesey for the Straits fortnight but a sunny day and NW force five... [more]

Images from Ecover self righting test in Auckland
By Richard Gladwell,,
Images from Mike Golding's Open 60, Ecover, undergoing a compulsory self righting test in Auckland. The sequence starts slowly and finishes quickly. These are shot at a frame rate of three frames per second to give some idea of the speed of the turn... [more]

Win for Toulon Provence Méditerranée – COYCHyères
By Anatole Lucet (amended by ISAF),
Toulon Provence Méditerranée – COYCHyères of Fabien HENRY (FRA) won the 2007 Tour de France a la Voile. Lucas MILLIERET’s (FRA) Val-Thorens finished first in the amateur ranking and Les Saisies – INSA of Sylvain LEBOEUF (FRA) was the winner of the school ranking.... [more]

Gill/Wet and Wild Graphics at European 18ft Skiffs
By Andy Richards,
As with the rest of the event, the last day of the European 18ft Skiff Grand Prix here in Sonderborg dawned cloudy with rain showers. However the day promised much better conditions, with a breeze not forecasted to get above 20knots and sunshine even making an appearance later on... [more]

Record turnout for GUL RS Vareo Nationals
By RS media,
A record breaking turnout saw 48 RS Vareos at Netley for the 2007 Nationals – some arriving on the previous day for some pre-Nats Training. Driving rain and 35 knots recorded over the water at Calshot kept the training to dry format... [more]

Extreme 40 Racing at Skandia Cowes Week
By Justine Ozoux,
For the first time in its class history eight Extreme 40s, the biggest fleet to date, will gather to compete in the iShares Cup at Skandia Cowes Week from 3-5 August on the Solent waters just off the Isle of Wight... [more]

Butler and Sutcliffe (GBR) confirm Hobie Title
By Diana Bogaards,
On Tuesday, the British Adam Butler and Gilly Sutcliffe won the Hobie Dragoon Europeans 2007. Although they dominated the competition, their victory was not taken for granted this morning... [more]

EAORA Weekend Race Reports 28 - 29 July
By Sarah Watson,
Sun and wind greeted the Association on their annual visit to Harwich for the Walker Challenge Cup. And a brand new addition to the EAORA calendar was lined up for the Sunday of the Harwich weekend in the form of the Walton & Frinton Race, an offshore race around the cans off Harwich... [more]

Cold water poured on second America's Cup qualifier
By Richard Gladwell,,
Jaume Soler, one of Spain's most influential sailing journalists, has poured cold water on a second attempt by the infamous Club Nautico Espanol de Vela (CNEV), to stage a second regatta in order to attain compliance with the America’s Cup Deed of Gift.... [more]

ECOVER 3 arrives in City of Sails
By Mike Golding media,
The 681 kms passage by road from Wellington to Auckland would usually take about nine hours by car at a safe driving speed, but on Sunday evening (local time) the exceptional cargo left Wellington's Hakes Marine - where the boat was freshly completed - and it arrived at the City of Sails' famous Viaduct Basin in the early hours of this (Tuesday) morning.... [more]

Shirley Robertson gets Extreme at Skandia Cowes Week
By Sophie Luther,
Double Olympic gold medallist Shirley Robertson will be swapping her Yngling and stepping onto two hulls for some extreme racing at the iShares Cup at Skandia Cowes Week 2007. Robertson will line up against seven other teams onboard the JPMorgan Asset Management Extreme 40 as part of The iShares Cup... [more]

Copa del Rey gets off to flying start
By Media,
The embat wind, eight to twelve knots, gave a brilliant start to the 26 Copa del Rey Camper Audi. The first day of races in which four of the six participating classes made their debut (IMS 570, IMS 670, IRC and X-35), was fast and races were held on time... [more]

Day 2 of the Hornet UK Nationals
By media,
Light and variable conditions were the order for the day at the Hornet National Championships for the 23 competitors, including entries from Holland and Poland, along with a large portion of nerves of steel for the race officer... [more]

Archipelago Raid - First you paddle then you sail
By Camilla Green,
It was another perfect day on the Swedish archipelago today as the F18 fleet set off from Bjorno heading for Fejan some 40 miles North. It was the first official day’s racing today for the fleet after the prologue race yesterday gave the crews the first opportunity to line up against each other... [more]

Croatia wins 470 Junior World Championship
By Event media amended by Sail-World,
Big scores mean big overall losses. FRA 26 jumped 7 spots to go from 14 to 7th. ESP 1868, AUS 355, and ISR 11 all moved down a spot, but still in the top ten.... [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]

Gilmour back and wins Troia Portugal Match Cup
By Event media,
Gilmour and Williams have enjoyed some superb matches in the past year, notably in Germany, Malaysia, and at Elba in Italy where Gilmour won the only final they’ve faced off in. Williams, a trained lawyer, knew he would need his best judgment and tactical knowledge to overcome such a wily fox as Gilmour.... [more]

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]

Goacher and Evans win Flying 15 UK Nationals
By Jo Turner,
The Diamond Jubilee Flying 15 Nationals have been a gem of an event. Steve Goacher and Phil Evans won the title of UK Champions for the sixth time. Equally as impressive in the classic fleet were Andrew McKee and Maf Smith as the Champions of the Flying 15 Classic fleet, with five clear wins over six races.... [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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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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