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2007 Qingdao Olympic Test Event


It's been another busy week for sailing. The big noise news was the postponement of the start of the Fastnet for 25 hours and then the high retirement rate during the race. The TV media made much of this and dragged out the archives from 1979 to punch home their theme that the race should have never been started. But with some solid performances by Stuart Quarry and the RORC's Janet Grosvenor the story died.

Meanwhile the glamour section of the race tore round the course breaking records as they went, while the bulk of the fleet slooged on. As of Sunday, four yachts had still to finish.

The gales did effect the dinghy events taking place along the south coast, both the Laser Championships and nearly 400 competitors at Chichester Harbour Federation Week lost races and faced some tough sailing.

Just the opposite for the Olympic hopefuls over in Qingdao, China. The first day opened on Tuesday with very little breeze and only two races were completed. Things improved on the second day with all the scheduled races completed, unfortunately things have not gone well and more racing has been lost. The problems with the event website can be corrected, but nothing can be done about the weather conditions and it looks like being a long, slow Games in 2008.

On Thursday we published a report by Bill Allen on the current ISAF thinking on the options for the classes at the next Olympics - Sunday we looked at the Rise and Rise of the dinghy classes in the Olympic Games. Will the keelboats still be in the 2012 Games?

Gerald New
UK Editor

The Rise and Rise of the Olympic Dinghy
By Gerald New,
With the future of keelboat events at the Olympic Games poised on a knife edge it is interesting to look at the changes that have taken place in the composition of the sailing events in the modern Games. In 1900 yachting in the Olympic games comprised of nine events involving yachts from 1/2 ton to 20 ton... [more]

Qingdao waits again - No wind on day five
Qingdao may be branding itself as the ‘sailing city’ of China, but sailing at the 2007 Olympic Test Event proved impossible on Sunday as weak winds persisted across Fushan Bay. Event organisers had posted an ambitious schedule of three races for most classes on Sunday in a bid to recapture some lost ground, having only completed a third of the planned race schedule so far in some cases... [more]

Strong breezes for Oxford Solo Open
By PR,
Twenty-seven Solos entered the latest round of the Thames Valley Series, sponsored by Guildford Marine. Race officer Richard Hall set a classic Olympic course, making full use of Farmoor reservoir, getting the fleet away first time in the blustery southerly breeze... [more]

No racing at Melges 24 European Championship
By Fiona Brown,
It was a frustrating opening day for competitors and race committee alike at the 2007 Melges 24 European Championship, being hosted in association with Rolex Baltic Week in Neaustadt, Germany, where the wind failed to cooperate... [more]

Chinese cheer their new leader
By Lynn Fitzpatrick,
It was a wet start in Qingdao, but it did nothing to dampened the spirits of hundreds of Chinese spectators who cheered on Yuan Guo Zhou (CHN) to the top of the RS:X leaderboard.... [more]

Final Sprint to the finish for Figaro sailors
By Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
The fourth leg of La Solitaire Afflelou Le Figaro starts on Sunday 19th of August in the Ria de la Coruña; a 355 mile course between Galicia and the Sables d’Olonne in the French Vendée region.... [more]

No let up in weather for last five Fastnet boats
The last five boats yet to finish in the Rolex Fastnet Race fleet - Lutine, Nightlife, Ghost, Farthing, and Spellbinder - were approaching the Scilly Isles this morning, on the home stretch to Plymouth and the finish line of this 608-mile ocean classic.... [more]

Day 4 Full Results from Qingdao Olympic Test Event
Full results set from Day 4, which is the second day of racing for all except the 470 Womens and 49er classes, who are on their third day of racing, at the Qingdao Olympic Test Event.... [more]

Williams perfect score - into final at St Moritz
By Event media,
Williams was able to get the better of Swiss crowd favourite Eric Monnin on the start line, and in both matches he preserved that early advantage around the race course. Williams (GBR) is a perfect 9-0 and has sailed the minimum number of races necessary in qualifying for the Final. He’ll meet two-time St. Moritz champion Mark Mendelblatt (USA) for the ‘King of the Mountain’ title on Sunday.... [more]

Barking Mad gains a six point lead over Kokomo
By Andreas Kling,
The Farr 40 'Opus One' was the team of the day at the Rolex Baltic Week on Saturday (18 August). He moved up from seventh to third place with an overall score of 34 points behind Jim Richardson's 'Barking Mad' (USA, 22), who extended her lead over Sue and Lang Walker's 'Kokomo' (Australia) to six points.... [more]

British sailors consolidate at the top
British sailors maintain their form to top the results tables in four classes after day four of the final Olympic Test Event in Qingdao (CHN). Yngling World Champions Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson, windsurfer Bryony Shaw, Laser European Champion Paul Goodison and double Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie in the Finn class all posted solid results to lead their respective classes... [more]

Wild Oats X wins Day 1 at Hamilton Island
By Media Services,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week has started with a bang: literally. In a collision that occurred shortly after the start Hardys Secret Mens Business was seriously damaged and forced to retire from the race. Although it is too early to assess the full extent of the damage, it has been rumoured to be in the hundred of thousands of dollars.... [more]

Pictures from Audi Hamilton Island Race Week
Here are the first pictures from Race One, the Lindeman Island Race at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.... [more]

Mark Powell wins Laser UK Nationals
By Eddie Mays,
Mark Powell (HISC) wins the Standard title, the 'old man' Steve Cockerill (SBSC) takes the Radial title and Henry Lloyd-Williams secures the Laser 4.7 title. Second place in the Laser went to Nick Thompson (Royal Lymington YC) and third to Rob Godwin (HISC)... [more]

Class Winners announced at Rolex Fastnet Race
By Trish Jenkins,
Five boats were still tenaciously heading to the Fastnet Rock today. Skipper Tom Sperry on the Sigma 41 Nightlife called in to report that they were three miles from the Fastnet Rock at 1215 local time, with three boats ahead in sight and one behind.... [more]

Barking Mad leads Kokomo at Rolex Baltic Week
By Andreas Kling,
The lead changed several times not only in all single races, but also in the overall ranking. At the end of the day the Jim Richardson's US yacht 'Barking Mad' by had a narrow lead by just two points ahead of Sue and Lang Walker's 'Kokomo' from Australia. The two German teams could not keep up with the frontrunners and finished fifth ('Struntje light'/Wolfgang Schaefer) and seventh ('Opus One'/Wolfgang Stolz).... [more]

Melges 24 Europeans - Let the championship commence
By Fiona Brown,
79 competing teams from 14 nations are gathered in Neustadt, Germany, for the Melges 24 European Championship, being run in association with Rolex Baltic Week. This is the largest fleet of Melges 24s assembled for a European Championship and it’s also the largest fleet of Melges 24s to ever race on the Baltic... [more]

New Optimist won at Nationals
By PR,
Earlier this year the UK International Optimist Class Association (IOCA (UK)) announced that it had linked up with the John Merricks Sailing Trust as its official charity, and as part of the link up the Trust further announced that it would donate a brand new Optimist to be won by a sailor competing at the 2007 Volvo Musto Optimist National Championships in Weymouth... [more]

Craig and Clark confirm World Enterprise Title
By Paula Southworth,
Nick Craig and Fiona Clark having collected seven wins for a clean sweep, decided to take a ‘rest day’ – the remainder of the fleet competed with Muthu Pushparajan / N Bhaskaran IND claiming first, followed by Richard Graves / Lorcan Pratt IRL and in third place Jon Woodward / Alex Halliwell GBR... [more]

Mills and Hughes Women’s 470 Junior Europe Champions
By PR,
Hannah Mills and Katrina Hughes were yesterday crowned Women’s 470 Junior European Champions. Sponsored by leading British print and electronic media company Pindar, the girls competed in breezy conditions at the Championships in Medemblik, Netherlands, this week... [more]

All Show, No Go on day 3 at Qingdao
By Lynn Fitzpatrick,
All of the sailboards, daggerboard and centerboard boats rigged up on shore and were ready to go, but the wind did not show for the third scheduled day of racing in Qingdao at the Good Luck Beijing 2007 Sinopec International Regatta... [more]

Windless in Qingdao - Day 3
By RYA/Lindsey Bell,
Three days into sailing’s 2007 Olympic Test Event, the original race schedule has been thrown into further disarray after more light winds dogged the 2008 Olympic waters in Qingdao, China, on Friday... [more]

Solo UK National Championship - Round-up
By Claire Clark,
Andy Davis was the winner of the 2007 Solo UK National Championship and also took the Nations Cup. Chris Goldhawk was the runner up with Jim Hunt in third place.... [more]

Summary of ISAF mid-year meeting: Keelboat options
By Bill Allen, ISCYRA President,
International Star Class President, Bill Allen, provides this insight into the Mid-Year meetings of the International Sailing Federation, focusing on the Mens and Womens Keelboat options and Match Racing vs Fleet.... [more]

Chieftan wins Fastnet on corrected time
By Trish Jenkins,
O'Rourke, the first Irish trophy winner, will be awarded the Fastnet Challenge Cup and a Rolex Yacht-Master timepiece at the prizegiving on Friday, 17 August at the historic Royal Citadel in Plymouth.... [more]

GBR, GER and RUS take Junior 420/470 Europeans
By Event media,
The Junior European Championships 420/470 ended on the quite windy IJsselmeer off Medemblik, Netherlands on Thursday. The west wind quickly picked up from about 15 to 30 knots in gusts. That caused many capsizes, especially on the 420 course. As a result of the strong conditions, the race committee decided to send the sailors ashore.... [more]

Countdown for the 4th Rolex Baltic Week
The participants of the 4th Rolex Baltic Week had their final tests on Thursday (16 August) on the Baltic Sea off Neustadt where the first race of the prestigious Farr 40 class will start on Friday (17 August) at 11 h local time... [more]

Better breeze for second day at Qingdao!
By Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Lumpy seas and 6-8 knots of wind from the south east made for a difficult day at the Good Luck Beijing 2007 Sinopec Qingdao International Regatta. Needless to say there were some big shifts out there and the current played a major issue at the starts and in calling lay lines.... [more]

All the Race leaders at Qingdao - Day 2
All the Race leaders at Qingdao - GBR lead 5 events - NZL 1 - SWE 1 - BEL 1 - FRA 1 and AUT 1 after the second day of racing. Racing was held in 6 to 12 knot breezes with big waves... [more]

GBR sailors top five events at Olympic Test Event
British sailors punched out some enviable results on the second day of the 2007 Olympic Test Event in Qingdao (CHN) on Thursday, with five Skandia Team GBR boats topping the leaderboards after a full day of racing... [more]

Corentin Douguet wins leg 3 Le Figaro
By Event Media,
Corentin Douguet crossed the finish line on the Wednesday 15 August at 23h 39m 45s to win the third leg of La Solitaire Afflelou Le Figaro race between Brest and La Coruna. The skipper of E.Leclerc / Bouygues Telecom covered 562 miles in 4 days 5 hours 29 minutes and 45 seconds at an average 5.52 knots... [more]

Results from Day One at Qingdao Test Event
By Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Day One Results Here The 49ers and 470 Women stole the show, as the only classes to secure a race result on day one of the 2007 Good Luck Beijing Sinopec International Regatta... [more]

Wind missing for Olympic Test Event first day
The infamous Qingdao light winds prevailed on the opening day of sailing’s Olympic Test Event, with only the 49er and 470 women’s classes seeing any action at the 2007 Qingdao International Regatta on Wednesday (15th August). With the weather buoys out in Fushan Bay hovering around 4 knots, it was a frustrating day for the sailors who were eager to get their regatta underway... [more]

FED Week and Laser Champs hit by gales
The south coast of England continued to be battered by gale force winds on Wednesday. As the leaders of the Fastnet were finishing in 10 to 15 knots and mist at Plymouth, further along the coast in the Solent gale force winds forced cancellations of sailing events... [more]

Vincent Riou wins the Artemis Trophy at Fastnet Race
By PR,
The Artemis Trophy at the Rolex Fastnet Race, an award presented by Artemis Investment Management to the winning boat in the IMOCA Open 60 class, has been claimed by Vincent Riou and Sebastien Josse onboard PRB in a new record time for the class... [more]

Leopard and Rambler in the Clubhouse
At 08h 58m 53sec local time, Mike Slade’s new 100-foot super maxi crossed the finish line off the Plymouth breakwater under spinnaker, breaking the Rolex Fastnet Race monohull race record that has stood since 1999. With an elapsed time of 1 day, 20 hours, 18 minutes, the Bruce Farr-designed ICAP Leopard (GBR) chopped just under 9 hours off the record set by Ross Field on the 80-foot RF Yachting. Wind was southwest at 10-15 knots as the boat finished in a light rain and reduced visibility... [more]

Finn Junior World Championship - Preview
By Robert Deaves, IFA,
Next week in Moscow the Junior Finn World Championship – for the Jorg Bruder Silver Cup – will take place on the lakes of Moscow. To date some 54 young Finn sailors from 20 nations have entered making this the largest fleet ever seen at a junior Finn championship... [more]

ICAP Leopard leads across finish of Fastnet
Mike Slade's ICAP Leopard 3 beats the old record by almost 9 hours - ICAP Leopard 3 led Rambler across the finish line of the Rolex Fastnet at Plymouth early this morning (Wednesday). Elapsed time of 44:18:53. Rambler (USA) was second to finish also inside the old course record... [more]

Images from the start of the Rolex Fastnet race
By Media Services,
Photographer Richard Page was out on the Solent at the start of the Rolex Fastnet Race and here are some of his images.... [more]

It's Rambler by three seconds at the Rock
By RORC/Trish Jenkins,
The super-maxis were neck and neck reaching up to the Rock at 14 knots in bright sunshine, rounding nearly together and then going on the wind to round the Pantaenius Buoy to port, some fives miles to the south west of the Rock. The 90-foot Reichel Pugh-designed Rambler went past at 18:00:35 followed by the Farr-designed 100-foot canting keeled ICAP Leopard at 18:00:38... [more]

Ramsgate Week 2007 - Day 1 and 2
By Terence Painter,
Terence Painter Ramsgate Week 2007 started with a fine sunny day and after a short delay while the breeze stabilised, racing began for the local fleet and visitors from the south and east coasts and from France, Belgium and Holland... [more]

IMS World Championship - German yachts dominate
By Event media,
After the first races of the IMS World Championship being held in Hanko, Norway, German yachts lead both classes. Christian Plumps Beluga Team leads class 1 and Chinook, Johann Friedrichsen leads class 2... [more]

2008 Olympic Sailing test event
The final test event of the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition gets underway in Qingdao, China on Wednesday, following practice races on Tuesday. A total of 387 sailors from 49 countries and regions will compete in the Qingdao event this year... [more]

I-Canoe European & National Championships
By Colin Newman,
The International Canoe European and UK Nationals were held at Loch Lomond SC with the two fleets, Asymmetric and Standard both competing for national and european titles. In the Asymmetric Canoe Robin Wood was dominant with four firsts and two seconds to take both the titles, with Gareth Caldwell in second and Phil Allen third... [more]

Fastnet racers pass Bishop Rock
With the leaders about to pass the Bishop Rock wind conditions are reported at between 25 and 33 knots in the Channel as of 09:00hrs this morning. Leader on the water is from the group lead by ICAP Leopard... [more]

FED Week kicks off with sun and strong breezes
By Rob McDonald,
Chichester Harbour Federation Regatta raced from Hayling Island Sailing Club, started in bright sunshine attracting over 380 entries for the first day across the eighteen classes. For the early starters in Series 1 the south westerly 15 knot breeze was 235 but backed to 220 for the later fleets... [more]

271 boats set off on the Rolex Fastnet Race
By RORC/Trish Jenkins,
After a 25-hour weather delay, 271 boats set off today from the Squadron line in Cowes for the start of 46th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race. It was a picture-perfect day with blue skies and puffy cumulus clouds, and little sign of the severe weather that is forecast ahead. The IMOCA 60 class was first off at 1100 BST, followed by six more classes as the 15 -18 knot breeze and a four knot ebb tide produced a short choppy sea... [more]

44th European Sharpie Championship - Win for GBR
By Pamela Farrell,
In the recent European Sharpie Championship, brothers Chris and Tim Gibbs sailing Winsdpeil GBR125, were crowned European Sharpie Champions of 2007. The Gibbs brothers already hold the British Champion title, which took place at Brancaster Staithe, north Norfolk in June 2007... [more]

Laser SB3 Cowes Round-up
By PR,
With Fridays racing for the Laser SB3 cancelled the VW Touareg Championship at Skandia Cowes Week 2007 went to Glenn Bourke and his crew on Musto. Second was Geoff Carveth and third Colin Simonds... [more]

Ian Williams regains World Match Racing Tour lead
By PR,
Ian Williams, who is sponsored by print and electronic media company Pindar, today regained the lead of the World Match Racing Tour. Having been knocked off the number one spot by Mathieu Richard (FRA) earlier this summer, Williams reclaimed command of the leader board this weekend... [more]

David Brown wins RS Vareo Northern Series
By Martin Barrett,
This was the third and final event in the inaugural, Northern RS Vareo Series and the overall winner of the Series was David Brown.... [more]

Andrew Brown wins Topper UK Championship
By Event media/Sail-World,
On Friday with six races completed in the Topper Nationals there were two to go, Andrew Brown needed a third place to secure the Championship. After several hours of trying, racing was eventually abandoned owing to the unreliability of the breeze. So the positions as of day five remained with Andrew Brown winning the Magic Marine Topper National Championship... [more]

National 12 Burton Week - Round-up
By N12 media,
The National 12 championships 2007 were hosted by Brixham YC. The fleet was blessed with the first spell of sunshine all summer and much sunscreen was used by all. There were a number of new faces and boats and some recently renovated older designs... [more]

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