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The past week has seen a rush of class championships taking place as the climate here in the UK takes a definite autumn edge.

The RS200, RS400, RS500, OK, 18ft Skiff, B14 and F18 UK Nationals were settled plus the Dart 18 and Fireball Worlds and the 505 Europeans. The Finn class completed their Junior World championship.

In the big boats the Farr 40 World title went to Mascalzone Latino and Ian Williams extended his lead at the top of the World Match Racing Tour ranking table with a win at the St. Moritz Match Race last week.

Also we have placed a guide for your submission of reports and images to You can email direct to us with reports and results or click the link on the news pages to upload. If you have events planned then get in touch to make sure you get our full-on coverage.

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Dart 18 World title for Norman and Rogers:
By PR,
The Dart 18 World Championship sailed on Lake Garda finished with an all British podium. The winners were Dan Norman and Melinie Rogers - they won the last race and the Championship title... [more]

Mascalzone Latino wins Farr 40 Worlds
Winner overall and World Champion Vincenzo Onorato and his team on Mascalzone Latino (ITA) didn't need much to lock in their lead, finishing with a healthy 35-point lead over second placed Ernesto Bertarelli's Alinghi (SUI).... [more]

Sea Brakes, sea anchors, drogues and broaches
By Colin Patterson,
A following sea is generally the most dangerous and has led to many broaches, capsizes and drownings…however boats can be slowed with sea anchors or drogues. The Australian designed Seabrake has twice the drag of conventional sea anchors and drogues and has a whole range of additional applications including emergency steering.... [more] - Contributors Guidelines
By Richard Gladwell,,
Guidelines for sailors writing articles for publication on Our website encompasses all forms of sailing, including cruising. Whether its racing in yachts, skiffs or dinghies, regattas, twilights or ocean races, there is always a story waiting to be told Sail-World is happy to receive your articles. Be it profiles of people and boats, tuning, tactics, techniques, safety and seamanship or indeed just about anything to do with sailing, we happy to review and publish appropriate articles.... [more]

Estaugh/Gardner (GBR) are Fireball World Champions
By PR,
With light winds for the final day of the Fireball World Championship on Lake Silvaplana, Switzerland, in the last few minutes before 3 o’clock the Gold fleet had a go, Black Flag up. Still Northwind but not as gusty as yesterday, 5 to 10 knots.... [more]

Danish Master class rounds off the 505 Europeans
By 505 media,
Going into the final day Jorgen and Jacob Bojsen-Moller held a small advantage over fellow countrymen and current 505 World Champions Jan Saugman and Morten Ramsbeck. By the end of the day the Bojsen-Moller's demonstrated their mastery of the trying conditions with a further race win and were the new 505 European Champions... [more]

Surf and action at Walvis Bay Speedweek 2007
By PR,
Walvis Bay, Namibia is hosting the speed windsurfing world cup finals for the third time in a row, starting from 2 September and delivering adrenaline-packed, thrilling action until 9 September... [more]

Saul and Hartley first RS500 National Champions
By RS media,
Victory went to Mike Saul and Sophie Hartley at the inaugural RS500 Gul National Championships, hosted by the Royal Lymington Yacht Club over the August Bank Holiday weekend.... [more]

Taia - Losing sight of Paradise
By Nancy Knudsen,
It's only yesterday that we sailed into this atoll in the South Pacific, but already the young woman stands out, impressive, languorously graceful, moving like a young deer, alert intelligent eyes. Her name is Taia. She's seventeen, smart, serious except when she smiles, and then it's a transformation, like a sunrise – warm and golden and lighting up the world around her– but then, bit by bit, the daunting, horrifying truth begins to emerge from small comments dropped in passing. She is going blind.... [more]

Archipelago Raid to be broadcast on BBC World
By PR,
The Archipelago Raid, the 5-day extreme sailing survival marathon through the Scandinavian islands is coming to TV homes, hotels and airlines worldwide. The international viewing will start on the 1st/2nd September 2007 when the 24-minute film ‘Archipelago Raid’ will be aired on BBC World... [more]

Court submissions released in America's Cup ruckus
By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
At the end of a week of pre-litigation sparring and points scoring, Golden Gate Yacht Club released two documents that were filed in the hearing to seek acceleration of their dispute with Société Nautique de Genève.... [more]

ACM sets out timeline of events in Cup Dispute
By America's Cup Media,
America's Cup Management has set out a very factual summation of the various issues that are on the table for the 33rd/34th America's Cup and the three paths of dispute that are being followed. For those who struggle with things legal, this is simple:... [more]

Monster, Monster - Nessie nowhere to be seen
By Event media,
Over a period of four hours, 40 weather beaten and battered catamaran crews dragged themselves and their boats up the steep shingle beach close to the Dores Inn after taking on the Marine Design International Loch Ness Monster Race on Saturday 25 August - The infamous Monster was nowhere to be seen, but Loch Ness itself put up a fight that will provide plenty of bar chat for years to come... [more]

Phantoms test-out 2008 Nationals venue
By Simon Childs,
Seventeen intrepid Phantom sailors made their way to pre-test the 2008 Phantom Nationals venue at Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club, to gain some local knowledge and some last minute practise. Simon Childs was the victor and must be a hot favourite for the class 2007 Nationals in two weeks time... [more]

Styles and Crawford take F18 UK Title
By Gillian Power,
Hugh Styles and Ryan Crawford won the F18 UK Nationals at Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy over the holiday weekend. Second place went to James and Gillian Power with Stuart Gummer and Ellen Forshaw taking third.... [more]

Swan 45 Announce 2008 International Class Circuit
By Fast Track,
The Swan 45 Class Executive Committee has highlighted the four high profile events which will form the International Class circuit for 2008. The Programme is to feature: Rolex Capri Sailing Week from 21 to 24 May; Copa del Rey, Palma from 26 July to 3 August; and the Rolex Swan Cup, Porto Cervo, Sardinia from 8 to 14 September... [more]

Flying 15 class celebrates 60 years at HISC
The Hayling Island Sailing Club Flying Fifteen Fleet are marking the 60th anniversary of the class with a special celebration on Saturday 1st September. The dinner will be attended by over 100 past and current fleet members, who include national and world champions; past commodores of HISC; Greg Wells, the current FFI Commodore; and several people who were sailing Flying Fifteens in the 1950's, including Basil Rizzi who owned boat number 3... [more]

Briton top ISAF Rankings after Olympic Test event
By ISAF media/,
Great Britain cleaned up in Qingdao and continue to dominant the latest ISAF Olympic class Rankings. Together with Germany they have four sailors holding top three positions in the rankings... [more]

Van Tol and team win 2007 Knickerbocker Cup
By Andrea Watson,
The Bayview Yacht Club Match Racing Team, with skipper Chris Van Tol, Mike Hoey, John Van Tol and Mike Rehe have won the 2007 Knickerbocker Cup, beating Andrew Arbuzov (RUS), the leaders going into the semi-final round with a score of 2-0.... [more]

Norwegian Aksel Magdahl navigator on Ericsson
By Ericsson Racing Team,
Anders Lewander, skipper on one of the two Volvo Ocean Race-boats in the Ericsson Racing Team, has picked his first crew member for the next round-the-world race 2008-2009. Norwegian Aksel Magdahl has been appointed as navigator/tactician.... [more]

Hyères next to host the Breitling MedCup Circuit
By Event media,
The town of Hyères is the first French town to host the Breitling MedCup Circuit. Hyères has played host to numerous prestigious sailing events including Olympic Week, that is regularly held in the waters of this most southerly city in Provence... [more]

Win for oldest at RS300 Northern Traveller
By RS media,
The fourth RS300 Northern Traveller of 2007 event was held at Sunderland Yacht Club as part of their Evolution sponsored Regatta. After a little bit of interest shown in the oldest 300 at the event (306), the five RS300 sailors made their way out into Seaburn Bay to join the fast handicap fleet... [more]

GUL Topper Worlds on Lake Garda
By Event media,
The first day of the Topper Worlds being held at Lake Garda was a flat calm on the lake. The second day and four races were completed. Overall leader is Andrew Brown from Budsworth SC. He leads from Freddie Connor and Mike Wood, tied on five points, with Phil McCoy in fourth on six points... [more]

Liverpool Yacht Club Offshore Trophy race
By Richard Baldwin,
Liverpool Yacht Club held their annual Offshore Trophy race, sponsored by Harrison Advanced Rods on Sunday 26 August. Ted Hassell set a demanding 50 mile course on one of the best sailing days of the year with a force 4 NW and sunshine!... [more]

John Merricks Sailing Trust - 10th Anniversary Party
By PR,
The 10th Anniversary Party - celebrating ten successful years of the John Merricks Sailing Trust - will take place on Friday 12 October at the Royal Southern Yacht Club... [more]

Simpsons win National 12 Scottish Championships
By Event media,
The National 12 class association held its Scottish Championships on 25 and 26 August, under the burgee of East Lothian Yacht Club. The conditions on Saturday could best be described as ‘challenging’ with the wind at the upper end of the sailable limit... [more]

Ian Williams extends World Match Racing lead
By Yvonne Reid,
Britain’s Ian Williams and his Team Pindar have extended the lead they hold at the top of the World Match Racing Tour ranking table with a win at the St. Moritz Match Race last week. Williams is now 24 points clear of Mathieu Richard and the Saba Sailing Team on the World Championship leader board.... [more]

Team Saxton Volvo RYA Youth Match Racing Champions
Over the glorious Bank Holiday weekend, youth sailors from across the country travelled to Weymouth to take part in the Volvo RYA Youth Match Racing Championships. Team Saxton - Ben Saxton, Tim Saxton, Kate MacGregor, Pete Perera, Catherine Alton - were crowned Volvo RYA Youth Match Racing Champions for 2007... [more]

Daniel Monk will be able to fulfil his dream
By PR,
Daniel Monk will be able to fulfil his dream to sail around the world. This coming September 16, the 21-year-old will untie the lines as part of the crew of Liverpool 08 for the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race. Dan, who was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2001 and is now in remission, had a dream to sail around the world within the next three years... [more]

Hilliar/Jagger win Gul RS400 UK Nationals
By RS media,
Paul Hilliar and Stu Jagger needed just one fifth place from the final days racing at the RS400 Nationals and they did just that in the first race of the day. With the title secure they retired to the beach leaving Tom Halhead and Christian Humphrey to battle with Neal and Paul Freeman for the runner-up position... [more]

Barnes and Nicholson are B14 National Championship
By Mark Barnes,
Third and final day of the Velocitek B14 National Championships at Weston SC and with little wind it was going to be a tricky one for the top four boats that all had a good chance of winning. In the end the title went to Seavolution, Mark Barnes and Pete Nicholson, just heading Tim Harrison and Jonny Radcliffe in 758.... [more]

Taking it Seriously:
By Mark Chisnell,
After Friday's post I got another Kiwi tip-off about an interesting interview with Michel Hodara, the CEO of America's Cup Management (ACM), on BYM News. And he says ACM are taking the GGYC court challenge seriously. This is what Hodara had to say about the court action:... [more]

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup preview
By Jill Campbell,
This year’s Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, now in its 18th edition, promises to be an extra special celebration of the finest in sailing prowess and technology. As is now customary, the entry list for the event reads like an international who’s who of both the sailing and business worlds. The event, hosted by YCCS and organized in conjunction with the International Maxi Association (IMA), will run from 2nd to 8th September on the crystalline waters off Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy.... [more]

Finn Silver Cup – Junior World Championship
By Robert Deaves,
The Finn Junior World Championships for the Jorg Bruder Silver Cup has concluded in Moscow with six more races held over three days in a range of conditions. Jan Kurfield (GER), one of the three German Finn sailors in Moscow as part of the Finn Foundation scheme moved into the lead after only placing once outside the top nine and maintained his concentration to take the title on the final race... [more]

Seventh National OK Title for Nick Craig
By Robert Deaves,
In winning the Craftinsure OK Dinghy National Championships at Felpham Sailing Club, the recently crowned world champion Nick Craig took his seventh British National title and his fourth major title so far this year... [more]

Kubovy and Rocek win Fireball Alpine Challenge
By PR,
The Fireball Worlds 2007 start today in Silvaplana, Switzerland. A world famous venue – St. Moritz – strong thermic winds and 96 boats entered, among which 38 British teams, promise a top sailing event. Last week, the organising St. Moritz Sailing Club hosted a three-day pre-regatta as a warm-up event won by the Czech team Martin Kubovy and Roman Rocek... [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]

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