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27 Aug 2007

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2007 Qingdao Olympic Test Event


A holiday edition of the UK Newsletter. With Monday a holiday in the UK many events will be adding the extra day to their events but there has been plenty to report over the past week.

The stunning performance of Skandia Team GBR at the final 2008 Olympic pre-event seems to have put the British team organisation into a split between crowing over the success and worrying about peaking too early. The Qingdao venue lived up to its reputation for a lack of consistant sailing breeze making the British success level all the more praise worthy.

The Games authorities continue to issue glowing reports about the facilities and organisation, carefully skirting round the actual sailing conditions in a sort of - It'll be all right on the night - scenario. If the brits can repeat this sort of performance despite the conditions I guess they will not be complaining!

On the championships scene, the RS 200 and 400 Nationals have been in full swing and the International 14 class has just completed their 75th POW week, held this year at the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes. The Greenhalgh brothers, Rob and Pete, turned-up to win the POW and Ian Pinnell and Ian Mitchell won the week.

Also championships for the Melges 24, Farr 40 and TP52 events and never forgetting the America's Cup latest news.

Plenty of Skiff action in the UK and Australia recently so take a look at some great images, with more to come.

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505 Pre-Europeans & Polish Championships - Final
By PR,
Boris Herrmann and Julien Kleiner (GER) win 505 Pre-Europeans event and 2007 Polish Champions are Michal Korneszczuk and Krzysztof Krempec. With measurement starting on Monday, the 60+ teams are now concentrating on the main event, the 2007 European Championships, for which racing starts on Tuesday... [more]

UK 18ft Skiff Nationals - Pindar Radii leads
By Event media,
After two races at the UK 18ft Skiff Nationals being held at the Royal Torbay Yacht Club it was reigning UK champions Pindar Radii who led on the opening day. Helmed by Andy Richards with Andy Fairley and Dave Richards, Pindar Radii leads from Gill Wet and Wild with Fat Face in third... [more]

Round the Island Race - Largs Annual Regatta Week
By Joanna Turner,
Racing Round the Islands of Great and Little Cumbrae was the format of the day at Larg’s annual Regatta. In Class 1 Local Hero dominated the fleet of 17 yachts and not only won the days race but was also awarded the Scottish Enterprise Rose Bowl for overall winner of the event... [more]

Russian team grabs lead at 2007 Knickerbocker Cup
By Andrea Watson,
Arbuzov, Keith Swinton (AUS) and John Loe (USA) all were 8-3 after the round robin and took on defending champion Martin Angsell (SWE), Chris Van Tol (USA) and Dave Perry (USA) in the quarter finals.... [more]

Awesome racing at CORK Classes Regatta
By Erika Vines,
Both the 49er and RSX Olympic class events raced for four days alongside the International 110 keelboat. The Flying Dutchman, International 505, and Contender raced Friday to Sunday.... [more]

Barking Mad takes Farr 40 Pre-Worlds
Finishing the two days of Pre-Worlds competition at the top of the leaderboard was a familiar sight, two-time Rolex Farr 40 World Champion Jim Richardson's navy blue-hulled Barking Mad (USA) with finishes of 1-8-11-4-13 for a total of 37 points overall. Second place was Matt Allen's Ichi Ban (AUS) and third was Wolfgang Stolz's Opus One (GER).... [more]

Pinnell and Mitchell win POW Championship Week
By Gerald New,
Following on from the International 14 POW race win by Rob and Peter Greenhalgh, the overall POW Championship Week held at the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes, was won by Ian Pinnell and Ian Mitchell... [more]

Images from final day of Ronstan 18ft Skiffs
The Ronstan 18ft Skiff International Regatta on San Francisco Bay produced lots of excitement for crews and spectators alike. Abner Kingman took the opportunity to capture these 'flying machines' in action.... [more]

Quirk and Holden (AUS) lead 505 Pre-Europeans
By PR,
Racing got underway in the 505 Pre-Europeans and Polish Championship regatta in Sopot, Poland on Saturday, 25 August. Showing the truly international nature of the class there are six nations represented in the top ten, including that well known 'European' location, Australia.... [more]

Team Pegasus clinch victory at Ronstan 18ft Skiffs
By Abner Kingman,
Howie Hamlin, Mike Martin and Paul Allen of Team Pegasus clinched their overall win in the Ronstan 18’ Skiff International Regatta on Saturday. First it was Pegasus, wildly chasing Yandoo down the course, claiming overlap at the leeward mark, and heading for the inside.... [more]

Ronstan 18’ Skiff International Regatta Day 4
By Abner Kingman,
John Winning, Andrew Hay and Cameron McDonald aboard Yandoo won the first race of the day, leaving what seemed like enough time to eat lunch before the rest of the fleet crossed the line. But minutes later, just after starting the Ronstan Bridge to Bridge race they pitchpoled spectacularly and were unable to recover in time to make it to the finish.... [more]

Basilica's line honours in Loch Ness Monster Race
By Becky Hayes,
The Team which included Scottish sailing legend Mike McIntyre and Americas Cup Sailor David Carr, James Grant, Nick Houch and James George, battled the persistently changing weather conditions to come in second place overall, behind the first placed Tornado, taking into consideration its quarter time handicap.... [more]

Mean Machine takes Breitling MedCup Portugal Trophy
By Event media,
In like a lion, out like a lamb, racing for the Breitling MedCup TP52 circuit’s Portugal Trophy on the beautiful Algarve coast may have opened Tuesday with an invigorating blast of over 25 knots, but with insufficient wind Friday and Saturday, but it expired with barely a whimper today as the current Breitling MedCup 2006 champions, Peter de Ridder and his crew, emerged with their first overall regatta win this season... [more]

RCIYC British Airways Round the Island
By Bill Harris,
The Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club’s annual British Airways Round Jersey race for sportsboats, cruiser/racers and sport catamarans was held on 19 August in somewhat less than ideal conditions. Whilst the weather for this generally very popular race was poor last year, resulting in a rather diminished field... [more]

Fletcher and Sign are 49er National Champions
By PR,
It was a close battle for first place overall at the UK 49er Nationals between Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign, and Mike Senior and Chris Tattasall. In the end it was down to the count-back to make Fletcher & Sign 2007 49er National Champions.... [more]

Velocitek B14 Nationals Form Guide
By Mark Barnes,
With the Nationals starting Saturday on the Solent, the event looks as if it is going to be a good one. The Question is will the breeze play ball as racing starts at 1100 hrs. due to tidal restrictions - The firm favourites for the Nationals has to be Seavolution (ex Readycrest) who have won most events in the UK this year... [more]

Images From Bridge to Bridge Race
By Crosbie Lorimer,
Australian photojournalist Crosbie Lorimer is in San Francisco on holiday and shot these images of today's Ronstan Bridge to Bridge Race.... [more]

Francolini's images from Hamilton Island last day
By Rob Kothe,
Yachting photographer Andrea Francolini was on the water for the final day of the 24th annual Race Week at Hamilton Island. Here is a selection of his images. You will see more on his website next week [more]

Images from Day 2 of the US 18ft Skiff International
By Erik Simonson,
Erik Simonson, from h2o Shots provided this image gallery from the US 18ft Skiff International on San Francisco Bay. Nice to to see some top sailing taking place in a venue with wind... [more]

Gold Rush continues for Team GBR in Qingdao
Great Britain’s Yngling and Laser sailors added two more gold medals to the British stockpile at the 2007 Olympic Test Event in Qingdao on Thursday, with the nation’s final medal count standing at five gold and one silver... [more]

Sailing or Swimming at day 4 of RS200 Nationals
By PR,
At the GUL RS200 Nationals, the pre race discussion was whether the wind had abated since yesterday, with the general opinion that conditions would be slightly easier than the Tuesday. The Race Officer saw fit to launch on time and all seemed well as we began our trudge to the starting area. Once out the shelter of the bay however, it became apparent that we were in for a wild day... [more]

Italy's Flavio Favini wins Melges 24 Europeans
By Fiona Brown,
The 2007 Melges 24 European Championship, being run in association with Rolex Baltic Week at Neustadt, Germany, came to a spectacular finish with one final incredible light airs race for the 74 competitors from 14 nations. The 2007 Melges 24 European Championship went to Italy's Flavio Favini and his team of owner Franco Rossini from Switzerland, tactician Tiziano Nava, Stafano Rizzi and Lavinia Stiz, aboard Blu Moon who received the Giorgio Zuccoli Trophy... [more]

Hilliar/Jagger extend lead at RS400 Nationals
By PR,
Paul Hilliar and Stu Jagger extended their lead on day 4 of the Gul RS400 National championships. Following the cancellation of day three due to 30+ knots on the race course, day four dawned with mercifully less wind, fluctuating between 12-25 knots during the day. With three races scheduled on long courses it was going to be a tough one but the long downwind legs were pure champagne sailing... [more]

Wade and Rayner Scorpion Champions 2007
By Rob Smith,
Dave Wade and Ben Rayner from Northampton SC were this year's winners of the Scorpion UK National Championship held at the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club. Second place went to Tim Parsons and Sarah Maguire from Lyme Regis SC and third to Richard Mason and Sarah Mason from Notts County SC... [more]

Fireballs on Lake Garda for 2007 Grand National
By PR,
Last weekend saw 54 fireballs from around the world converge on the Sailing Mecca that is Riva Del Garda for three days racing that decided the 2007 Grand National, the first event of a fantastic triple header culminating in the World Championship at Lake Silvaplana in Switzerland... [more]

Rob and Peter Greenhalgh win POW
Robert and Peter Greenhalgh (GBR) won the Prince of Wales Cup (the I-14 Championship) of the International 14s, competing at the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes. The Greenhalgh brothers sailed the first race of the championship week at Cowes and then race 4 the classic POW for the class championship... [more]

Barcelona World Race Prologue
By OC Events,
The 2007 Rolex Fastnet Race that also doubled up as the official prologue to the non-stop, two-handed Barcelona World Race, proved to be a tough proposition for the duos onboard their IMOCA 60-foot monohulls.... [more]

Rolex Farr 40 Pre-Worlds underway in Copenhagen
By Giles Pearman KPMS,
Friday was the first day of racing in the Rolex Pre-Worlds, a tune-up for the Rolex Farr 40 World Championships, which begins on 29 August and runs through 1 September. Teams from USA (7), Denmark (6), Italy (6), Australia (4), Norway (3), France (2), Germany (2), Switzerland (1), Ukraine (1), Finland (1), Brazil (1), and Sweden (1) took to the water today to get a feel for the local conditions with mixed results.... [more]

Waiting for Wind at Finn Junior Europeans
By Robert Deaves (amended by ISAF),
Racing on day three in Moscow had to be abandoned as the wind deserted Klyazminskoe Lake. After one race on Tuesday there are two Russians are in the top three: Nickolay CHERNIKOV in first, and Sergey KOMISSAROV is third, whilst Jan KURFELD (GER) is placed seventh.... [more]

Brits Take Five Golds In Qingdao
By Organizing Committee,
It was another great sailing day in Qingdao, with an easterly breeze of 9-10 knots for the final three Medal Races. Britain picked up their fourth and fifth gold medals of the regatta, in the Laser and Yngling, to finish way ahead in the medal table. World 1 Anna TUNNICLIFFE (USA) secured the USA’s only medal, a gold in the Laser Radial.... [more]

Images Day 3 Ronstan 18’ Skiff International
On a day when not a single boat managed to stay upright through two races, well known photographer Abner Kingman captured all the action on San Francisco Bay.... [more]

La Solitaire Afflelou Le Figaro race highlights
By Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
The first leg to Ireland was incredibly varied and tactical, full of opportunities to come back, followed by a second very fast sprint south to Brest for the second leg.... [more]

Favini is the new Melges 24 European Champion
By Andreas Kling,
With a third place in the decisive race on Thursday afternoon (23 August) the 'Blu Moon' became the new European Champion. After crossing the line in the final race of the Rolex Baltic Week the crew of four put their hands high up in the air to celebrate the victory.... [more]

ISAF vice president gives thumbs-up to Qingdao Reg
By Xinhau News Agency,
Australia's David Kellett, vice president of International Sailing Federation (ISAF), praised the organization and the services in the Qingdao International Regatta here on Thursday.... [more]

Alinghi responds to Legal Proceedings by GGYC
By Michael Hodara, ACM. Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
The Société Nautique de Genève, Alinghi and America’s Cup Management are very disappointed that BMW Oracle Racing, through the Golden Gate Yacht Club, has followed through with its threat and officially filed legal proceedings in the New York Courts.... [more]

Lashuk leads Finn Junior Worlds
By Robert Deaves - amended By ISAF,
In the 50 boat fleet, the current Junior European champion Michal Strusinki (POL) won the opening race, although it is Lashuk who is leading overnight with 5,4 scores today. The other race win went to Tomasz Kosmicki (POL).... [more]

Williams and Leroy top of World Match Rankings
Ian WILLIAMS (GBR) is holding firm and three more podium positions at ISAF Grade WC regattas sees him extend his lead yet further. World Championship victory was finally claimed by world 1 women's match racer Claire LEROY (FRA) and there is no surprise that she stays firmly at the top of the rankings.... [more]

Access Class World Championships preview
By David Staley,
The Access Class World Championships are now drawing near and the excitement is building. This inaugural event will be hosted by the Whitby Yacht Club of Ontario, Canada from August 30 to September 5... [more]

Images from Day 1 of the US 18ft Skiff International
By Erik Simonson,
Erik Simonson, from h2o Shots provided this image gallery from the US 18ft Skiff International on San Francisco Bay. Nice to to see some top sailing taking place in a venue with wind... [more]

GGYC granted court order on America’s Cup response
By Jane Eagleson, BMW Oracle Racing,
The Supreme Court of the State of New York today granted an order sought by the Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) requiring the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) to promptly answer a request to speed up the legal process for resolving its proposed new rules for defending the next America’s Cup.... [more]

Qingdao Olympic Test Event Full Results Day 7
Full results set from the Qingdao Olympic Test event for yesterday Day 7 and overall.... [more]

Desjoyeaux wins La Solitiare Afflelou Le Figaro
By Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia) wins La Solitiare Afflelou Le Figaro race, one of the toughest single-handed sailing events in the French Figaro racing circuit. Michel Desjoyeaux makes the Figaro history books on his 10th participation.... [more]

America's Cup winner hatches ludicrous plan
By Eric Sharp Free Press,
The America's Cup was a joke almost 20 years ago when a 60-foot American catamaran clobbered a lumbering, 135-foot monohull from New Zealand. But the scam the Swiss defender is trying to pull for 2009 is even more laughable.... [more]

Pinnell wins on Prince of Wales Cup opening day
By Gerald New,
Ian Pinnell was the opening day winner of the Lowestoft Bowl after two races on Sunday at the 75th POW championships for the International 14 class, being held at the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes... [more]

Ian Williams is new King of the Mountain
By Yvonne Reid,
The ‘first to three’ Final went down to the last race and indeed, down to the final seconds but there’s a new ‘King of the Mountain’ after Ian Williams and his Team Pindar nipped past Mark Mendelblatt’s Team Kaenon in the fifth and deciding match at the St. Moritz Match Race.... [more]

505 at Lymington Town SC Regatta
By Simon Lake,
A number of 505s dragged their way through the holiday traffic to Lymington for the Town SC regatta. We raced with the fast handicap fleets but were given separate results... [more]

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