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World Championship 2.4 metre class - Final
By Event Media/Sail-world,
Lennart Heselius of Sweden is the new 2.4mR World Champion. Second was Stellen Berlin (SWE) and third Ulf Arvidsson (SWE). Britain's Helena Lucas finished in 15th place and Megan Pascoe 20th... [more]

Drama on final day at Laser Radial Youth Worlds
By Event media/Sail-World,
In a final day of drama at the Laser Radial Youth Worlds, Spain's Susana Romero Steensma was black flagged in the final race and had to watch Tuula Tenkanen of Finland sail the race of her life to take the Title by 0.4 of a point. In the men's event Thorbjoern Schierup from Denmark, recovered from the worst race of his series to hold off Ioannis Mitakis of Greece and take the Title.... [more]

Skandia Cowes Week - Final Report
By Kate Laven/CCC,
The curtain came down on the 181st Skandia Cowes Week Saturday afternoon with the wind, sun and tides combining to provide a spirited final day’s racing ahead of the official prize-giving this evening... [more]

Figaro Race cuts out Fastnet due to forecast
By Event media,
The Figaro Race Committee announced a change to the race route, which as a result cuts out the Fastnet Rock mark and includes the BXA mark to be left to starboard, opposite Bordeaux. This is because of the gale force wind warning due on Tuesday at Fastnet... [more]

Semi final place down to last match - Danish Open
By Gordon Smith,
With the rain pouring down Peter Wibroe and Bjorn Hansen had a sudden death match with a loss by either meaning elimination and a win by either would guarantee them a place in the semi finals. Wibroe took the bull by the horns and led from the start.... [more]

Dellenbaugh and Provancha (USA) are 29er European Champions
By Sail-World,
Emily Dellenbaugh and Briana Provancha from the USA won the 29er European Open Championship held in Sweden. second place also went to a USA team, Austen Anderson and Chris Price. In third place were the Polish pair, Lukasz Przybytek and Mongird... [more]

Charles Dunstone's Cockburn’s Red takes New York YC Challenge Cup
By Sally Bolt,
Cockburn’s Red, skippered by The Satphone Warehouse Group CEO Charles Dunstone, sailed into first place in the battle for the New York YC Challenge Cup during Skandia Cowes Week 2007. Despite shifting breezes, Cockburn’s Red took the finishing gun with a resounding five minute win over current class leader Flash Glove thanks to adopting different sail tactics to the rest of the fleet... [more]

Skandia Cowes Week - Final overall positions
By Event media,
Final overall leading positions for all the classes at Skandia Cowes Week 2007... [more]

ICAP Leopard Ups the Stakes in the Rolex Fastnet
By Alex Mills,
To spice things up in this year’s Rolex Fastnet Race, Mike Slade, owner of ICAP Leopard, and his Kiwi adversary Neville Crichton, owner of Alfa Romeo, have placed a wager based on which of the two yachts will be the first to cross the finish line in Plymouth... [more]

Rolex Fastnet Race on Hold
By RORC Trish Jenkins,
The RORC Race Office announced at this afternoon’s Race & Weather briefing that the Rolex Fastnet Race start will be postponed for 25 hours due to the continued severe weather warning issued by the UK Met office. The first start for the 300 boat fleet will be Monday 13 August at 11:00 BST... [more]

Vintage National 12’s at Wroxham
By Zoë Ballantyne,
A good fleet of vintage 12’s gathered at the Norfolk Broads Yacht Club on the 4-5 August for the Classic and Vintage Dinghy Regatta which was blessed with bright sunshine, good breeze and the very warm welcome we come to expect at this well run event... [more]

Laser Radial Youth World - Penultimate day
By Event media,
The disappointment of losing a day of racing yesterday was forgotten as soon as the 280 sailors in the Laser Radial Youth World Championship left the harbour and were greeted with a 20 knot northerly and challenging waves. Throughout the week it has been a case of getting a race when you can and today was a good example - Overall Thorbjoern Schierup from Denmark leads Men - Susana Romero Steensma of Spain the women... [more]

Tylecote/Wilson win Craftinsure Firefly Nationals
By Barney Smith,
Only one race was possible on the final day of the Craftinsure 61st Firefly National Championships at Weymouth Sailing Club. With Steve Tylecote and Sally Wilson's second from that race added to a first from yesterdays sixth race – the Stern Light Trophy – they were the clear winners of the Sir Richard Fairey points series and become the 2007 Firefly National Champions... [more]

The climb up Everest for Figaro sailors
By Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
The solo sailors taking part in La Solitaire Afflelou Le Figaro race face the longest leg – 762 miles, from Brest to La Coruña in Northern Spain via the Fastnet Rock tomorrow.... [more]

420 and 470 Junior European Championships 2007
By Diana Bogaards,
It was a rough start for the 233 teams from 32 different nations at the second combined Junior European Championships of the 420 and 470 classes off the coast of Medemblik, Netherlands. A northerly wind force five and steep Ijsselmeer waves causing challenging conditions... [more]

Francisco Cosentino (ARG) is Cadet World Champion
By Hamish Stuart,,
Argentinian Francisco Cosentino won the last race of the sixth Cadet World Championships to retain his world title in the face of a strong challenge from countryman Francisco Gojenola. Cosentino, with crew Sancho Castro, pulled a fourth race win out of the hat and Gojenola, with his crew Agustin Romero, could only manage a ninth place, for last year’s champion to win again by a margin of four points... [more]

Skandia Cowes Week - Friday Report & Results
By Kate Laven CCC,
After a frustrating four hour wait for wind, all but six classes at Skandia Cowes Week had their racing abandoned today as light airs and shimmering seas proved ill-suited to sailing though perfect for tonight’s spectacular firework display... [more]

Opening day at Qingdao International Regatta 2007
By ISAF media,
The ISAF Grade 2 Qingdao International Regatta, the second and final of the Good Luck Beijing Olympic Test Events, opens today. Six days are scheduled for registration and measurement before the first races begin on 15 August. Before then, on 12 August, the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Centre will host the Opening Ceremony for the Test Event... [more]

Craig and Clark take Enterprise Nationals title
By Paula Southworth/Sail-World,
The forecast was beach weather and very little sailing anticipated on Thursday for Races 7 and 8 of the Enterprise Nationals held at SCYC Abersoch. But in a steady Force 2/3 the fleet enjoyed two good races. A few problems were encountered with the gate start, but that was not enough to prevent Nick Craig and Fiona Clark taking the Enterprise title with a race to spare... [more]

Magic Marine Topper Nationals - day 4
By Event media,
Day 4 of the Topper Nationals at the East Lothian Yacht Club, and the racing in the Gold Fleet was very close with no one sailor dominating. In the three races Andrew Brown finished 2nd, 6th and 1st to maintain his overall lead, Matt Johnson moved up into second place with a 6th, 4th and 2nd... [more]

Pompey Up for the Cup - the America's Cup
By Rob Dabrowski /The News,
An article in the local Portsmouth newspaper - The News - suggests that Portsmouth or Gosport are in line for a multi-million-pound boost as favourites to host the training camp for Britain's attempt at the world's most famous sailing competition, the America's Cup... [more]

Wayfarer International Championships - Day 3
By Beth Condie,
Day 3 of the Wayfarer International Championships, held at Hellerup SC, Denmark. And for race 5 the competitors awoke to find the wind had done a complete 180 and was now blowing Force 1-2 from the North. This made the course more tactical asthe beat was now with the tide meaning the shifts could be played which suited the British boats... [more]

Gibbs continues to lead Sharpie Europeans
By Sail-World,
Chris and Tim Gibbs of Britain continue to lead the International 12m2 Sharpie 44th European Championship being held at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy... [more]

Markus Wieser of Germany is Dragon Champion
By Henry Ericsson,
With one day of racing left, Markus Wieser of Germany, with his crew Sergei Pujachev and Thomas Auracher is the new Dargon European Champion. He won Thursdays race after Dane Valdemar Bandolowski crossed the finish line first but had been black-flagged at the start. Two hours of sailing down the drain. Well, win a few, lose a few, that's yacht racing in a nutshell... [more]

Desjoyeaux wins second leg in Figaro Race
By Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia) crossed the finish line of the second leg of La Solitaire Afflelou Le Figaro at 05h1h1905s this morning to win the 344-mile race between Crosshaven and Brest sailing at an average 8.41 knots. Michel crossed the finish line just 50 seconds ahead of Frederic Duthil (Distinxion), who holds on to the overall time ranked leadership at the close of this leg.... [more]

Great Farr 40 class lineup at Rolex Baltic Week
By Andreas Kling,
At the closing date, 14 teams from all over the world had entered the first-ever Farr 40 regatta in Germany. The teams come from Australia, Denmark, Germany, Finland, the United Kingdom, Italy, Ukraine, and the USA, with even more nations being represented by the crew members. The high degree of internationality of the crews of nine or ten within the weight limit is a typical feature of the Farr 40 class.... [more]

Glenn Bourke hits the front of the Laser SB3s
By Clare Molloy / Sail-World,
Finally Geoff Carveth has been knocked off his top spot at Skandia Cowes Week. A third win for Glenn Bourke puts him in the lead going into the final day. It took Glenn Bourke until Thursday but now he has the lead and just at the right time - one day to go... [more]

Skandia Cowes Week Daily News Report – Thursday
By Kate Laven/CCC,
No wind - so break out the champagne - Champagne G.H. Mumm Ladies Day at Skandia Cowes Week was marked by shiny, flat seas and gentle whispering breezes. Mike Slade’s 100ft super maxi ICAP Leopard was despatched in around two and a half knots of wind at 1030 as the only entrant in Class Zero IRC but for the next four and a half hours, the guns of the Royal Yacht Squadron remained silent, the frustration increasing with every lowering of the AP... [more]

Another view of Cowes Week
By Steve Arkley,
Images from Cowes from a different viewpoint by Steve Arkley - What were those Laser SB3's upto?... [more]

ISAF reports Sailing World Championships media success
By Event media,
The ISAF has reported that the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships for the Olympic classes, was not just a runaway success on the water but on the TV screens too, with a worldwide TV footprint of 564 million viewers... [more]

300 Boats ready for Rolex Fastnet Race
By Key Partners (KPMS),
With the start of the Rolex Fastnet Race this Sunday, August 12, a fleet of Rolex Fastnet hopefuls has begun assembling in and around The Solent area. Many of the entrants are racing in Skandia Cowes Week, used as a tune-up by some for the 608-nautical mile Rolex Fastnet Race. With the largest fleet since 1979, 300 boats will take to the start line off the Royal Yacht Squadron at Cowes on Sunday, with the first signal due at 0950 BST... [more]

Skandia Cowes Week Daily News Report – Wednesday
By Kate Laven/CCC,
The glorious spectacle of seven Open 60s and two of the fastest maxis on the planet racing at Skandia Cowes Week was marred when Pindar, the brand new Open 60 helmed by Mike Sanderson was dismasted during the big boat’s sprint around the Isle of Wight... [more]

Estrella Damm wins Round Island + All the days winners
By Tracey Clarke,
The charity 'Africa Viva' is the lucky recipient of £10,000 tonight, courtesy of a comfortable win by 'Estrella Damm' in the Artemis Challenge, a race around the Isle of Wight in Class Zero at Skandia Cowes Week... [more]

Pindar dismasts - will not start in Fastnet
By Kate Fairclough,
Pindar, the brand new Open 60, who was leading in her debut race today, the Artemis Challenge at Skandia Cowes Week, dismasted whilst sailing around the Isle of Wight. The dismasting of the cutting edge Open 60 will force Pindar to pull out of the historic Rolex Fastnet Race this Sunday... [more]

B&G unveils first fruits of GRIB.US partnership
By Saul Trewern,
Following the teaming up of B&G and GRIB.US, announced on 10 July 2007, B&G has launched a new version of its Deckman tactical navigation software, offering sophisticated new functionality, including integrated weather data delivery... [more]

Gibbs leads International 12m2 Sharpie Europeans
By Sail-World,
Chris Gibbs and Tim Gibbs of Britain lead the International 12m2 Sharpie 44th European Championship being held at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. The Gibbs have a two point lead after four races completed... [more]

Skandia Cowes Week Daily Race Report – Tuesday
By Kate Laven/CCC,
The long line of Laser SB3s moored up stern to bow on a glistening sea told the story of today’s racing at Skandia Cowes Week although, eventually, the wind gods conceded defeat to allow a reduced programme of racing. Only the X One-Designs decided not to race when the 70 competitors judged the Committee Vessel start too far away to allow for a decent day’s racing.... [more]

RS500 Open at Whitefriars
By RS media,
Bright sunshine and a good breeze heralded a great day’s sailing with 4 races at Whitefriars on Sunday 5 August. With the cancellation of the circuit event at Filey, this was the last real opportunity for RS500 sailors to prepare for the Nationals at Lymington over the August Bank Holiday weekend... [more]

RS300 racing at 57 degrees North
By BenYeats,
The RS300’s Scottish traveller event was at Chanonry Sailing Club as part of the Caley Marina sponsored regatta. Unfortunately Saturday was blown-off with gusts reaching 35 knots, leaving participants to sample the local Black Isle ale and tasty food laid on by the club!... [more]

Engstrom and Langenius are RS Feva Champions
By RS media,
The final day of the RS Feva Europeans dawned with millpond conditions, but a three hour postponement saw a decent southerly breeze kick in. The fleet launched at 14:00 shortly before low water and again it took three starts to get the fleet away. The Swedish girls, Sofia Engstrom and Frida Langenius, got their bullet to put themselves comfortably in the lead overall with Edoardo Marini and Stefano Balestrero (ITA) second and Matthew O'Dowd and Jack Burke (IRL) third... [more]

Danes lead Wayfarer International Championships
By Beth Condi,
Forty-three Wayfarers from five different countries arrived to dazzling sunshine and warm (for the Baltic) seas. The much talked about Hartley Wayfarer was expected to be competing but failed to meet the required measurements leaving some competitors to drive home disappointed. Mention should go to Mike McKechnie who drove all the way back to the UK and returned to Denmark with his old Wayfarer... [more]

Images from the 2007 OK Worlds
By Ania Pawlaczyk,
Images from the OK Dinghy World Championships in Leba, Poland where Nick Craig (GBR) won his third consecutive OK World title. Hundreds more photos can be found at the event website [more]

Nick Craig back on top of OK Rankings
By Robert Deaves,
Following his third consecutive win at the OK Dinghy World Championship, Nick Craig (GBR) has retaken the top spot in the OK World Ranking List, after briefly losing it to Jorgen Lindhardtsen (DEN) earlier this year. However Craig's lead is by the narrowest of margins with less than three points separating him from world championship runner-up Mark Perrow (NZL)... [more]

2007 Fireball Nationals - Final round-up report
By Tim Saunders,
It was an expectant fleet that convened on the Essex Coast at Brightlingsea Sailing Club for the 2007 National Championships, at Brightlingsea Sailing Club Sponsored by Pinnell and Bax and Craftinsure. The forecast for the week looked good for a full championship's racing and an excellent social programme had been pulled together... [more]

Why Superyachts Can't Get Crew
By Sarah Jones, Southern Daily Echo,
THEY are the ultimate status symbol for billionaires across the globe. Super yachts are the latest multi-million-pound, must-have toy for the mega rich who are keen to splash their cash in serious style. Forget the fleet of fast cars, flash jewellery, big houses in the country and private jets. With onboard helicopter landing pads, submarines, cinemas and missile detection systems, these vessels are the absolute kings of the waves when it comes to total opulence and indulgence.... [more]

Skandia Cowes Week Race Report – Monday 6 August
By Kate Laven/CCC,
Bright blue skies greeted the fleet at Skandia Cowes Week to provide the perfect backdrop to the special ‘Turning Cowes Blue’ day to raise funds for the Ellen MacArthur Trust, the regatta’s official charity. There were prizes on offer for the best blue boat, the best blue individual and the best blue business and any vessels in the fleet with ‘blue’ in their name. . . . . No prizes for the TP52 St James’s Place which ended up aground just off Yarmouth, dashing any hopes that Peter Harding and Chris Brown had of a top three position in Class 1 IRC... [more]

RS:X Youth World Titles decided
By Rory Ramsden (amended By ISAF),
The Medal Races brought a dramatic end to the week-long battle in Sopot. The main contenders for the World title were the 2007 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Champion Pierre Le Coq (FRA), Christian Freimueller (GER) and the British sailor Richard Hamilton. The Medal Race in the women's category turned out very well for Maja Dziarnowska (POL).... [more]

Andy Davis is new Solo UK Champion
By Sail-World,
The Solo UK Nationals held at Paignton Sailing Club attracted 90 entries. Sailed in mainly light weather conditions, the title came down to a battle between Chris Goldhawk, Jim Hunt, Andy Davis and Stuart Bush. Victory eventually went to Andy Davis... [more]

Jeffcoate and Hogan are Fireball UK Champions
By Event media,
Tom Jeffcoate / Mark Hogan took the UK 2007 Fireball title in the final race from Matt Mee / Richard Wagstaff. Third were Vince Horey and Stuart Bithell. Fifty Fireballs took part in the national championship held at the Brightlingsea Sailing Club... [more]

Double Gold for Austria at Zoom 8 Worlds
By Event media,
On saturday the sun came back and so the usual thermic north wind to offer the competitors a fine sail-racing final for 120 competitors at the tiroler wasserkraft Zoom8 Worlds. Norwegin sailors won both Gold medals with Austria scooping four medals... [more]

Gold for Brits at 420 Europeans
By Sail-World,
Britain's Claire Walsh and Jasmine Husband won Gold at the 420 Europeans in Turkey. In second place were the Greek pair, Katarina and Sofia Kaitatzidou. Third were Giulia Zappacosta and Sara Zribi of Italy... [more]

Basilica wins iShares Cup event at Cowes
By Event media,
The heavy-hitting team skippered by Robert Greenhalgh and crewed by Peter Greenhalgh, James Grant and Justin Slattery finished ahead of BT helmed by Darren Bundock and skippered by Nick Moloney who not only took second at this penultimate event but moved into third place in the iShares Cup overall series.... [more]

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