Newsletter for 17 to 23 September 2007

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24 Sep 2007

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What a week for GBR

First we had the announcement of the team for the 2008 Olympics, hedged around with conditions, targets and discussions. Leaving the top two berths for the Star and the Finn hanging in the breeze due to their involvement with the Team Origin America's Cup bid.

Then it was into the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta at Weymouth, sailing site of the 2012 Olympics. And as this regatta will build in the future as more countries send their competitors for warm-up events it was interesting to see just what it can produce.

The first three days showed it can get rough, the 49er and Tornado classes not getting a race in until day four. But only a couple of weeks ago it was racing lost to lack of wind for several days.

For TeamGBR is was Gold all the way, with several teams outside the Olympic selection this time round making their mark and showing that the pressure will be kept on - good for those already picked.

On the technical side things seem to be coming together, the split between the Academy website, the RYA and the Skandi websites needs to be cleaned up but the Internet broadcast went well, despite the poor conditions during the medal races. Some good technical commentary helped.

Gerald New
UK Editor

Sail for Gold - Golden day for TeamGBR
Going into the final day of Skandia Sail for Gold at Weymouth, GBR sailors headed up seven of the nine classes. At the end of the Medal race it was a clean sweep for the British sailors, not all the first pick Olympic choices won but the strength in depth on display was impressive... [more]

Mon and Humpherys take HISC 29er Open Meeting
Great fightback by Bleddyn Mon and Tom Humpherys (RWBSC) to take the 29er Open Meeting at Hayling Island SC ahead of first day leaders, James Peters and Ed Fitzgerald (HISC).... [more]

Sail for Gold - Final day report/images
It was a clean sweep for Team GBR at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta for the medal day races today at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. The tension on the water was clear, not just because of the battles to win the various classes but because every competitor’s goal is to represent their country at the Olympics... [more]

Qingdao leads Clipper fleet at start of Race 2
By Heather Ewing,
Some very tactical, skillful and close sailing saw Qingdao just edge over the line ahead of Liverpool 08 and who were jostling with Uniquely Singapore for position as the Clipper 07-08 Race 2 from La Rochelle to Salvador started.... [more]

Porter at Full Throttle on day 2 of Melges 24 US Nationals
By Event media,
Typically shifty Lake St Clair conditions suited new overall leader Brian Porter who is undoubtedly used to these conditions, as Full Throttle’s home port of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is known for some of the most unpredictable wind in the nation. Porter, with tactician Harry Melges III, scored two first place finishes on their way to a 5-point lead... [more]

Sonar Worlds - Shoot-out in Marblehead
By Lynn Fitzpatrick,
'It ended up being a one race shoot-out,' said Bill Lynn, 2007 Sonar World Champion skipper. Bill has had the 'same cast of characters' sailing with him for a long time... [more]

Possible record fleet for M30 Worlds
Mumm becomes M now that Champagne Mumm are not longer sponsors,but they still go fast .... entries for the Moby M30 World Championship 2007 are approaching record levels with 44 boats enrolled to date.... [more]

The 2007 Colgate World Cup Sylt – Day 1
By © PWA / Brian McDowell,
A lack of wind didn’t prevent windsurfing’s biggest personalities from showing off to a packed beach on the Island of Westerland today.... [more]

Sail for Gold - Light winds decide Medal competitors
A light weather day for the bruised and battered sailors at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta at Weymouth to recover and get some points for Sunday's Medal Races - The Tornado and 49er finally got some racing... [more]

Ricana takes second leg in Anjoca World Cup
By Event media,
Swedish boat Ricana took victory in the second leg of the offshore race in the IMS Anjoca World Cup. But it will be Navantia, movistar, Nationale Suisse and Turismo Madrid who all have the World title in their sights over the next two days... [more]

Audi Melges 24 US Nationals at Bayview YC
Lightwave Nano (USA) leads the Melges 24 US Championship, bring held at the Bayview YC. Nano has a two point lead over Alan Field with the second Lightwave, Micro in third place. Scott Holgren's Rosebud is in fourth and fifth is Lake Geneva's Brian Porter - with Melges Performance Sailboats President Harry Melges III and VP Andy Burdick aboard... [more]

iShares Cup Extreme 40 Series confirmed for 2008
By PR,
Subject to final agreements being concluded, OC Events, the circuit owner, with the support of title partner iShares, is to take the European series to the four existing countries of the UK, France, Germany and Holland, and add two new venues in Italy and Switzerland. Bids from cities in these six countries are now being invited by OC Events... [more]

41st Running of 24hr Race at West Lancs
By Gary Deighan,
Over the weekend of the 16th/17 September, in support of the charity ‘Jeans for Genes’, Bolton Sailing Club assembled a team to compete in the 41st running of the 24hr race at West Lancashire Yacht Club... [more]

Teams prepare for Team Racing World Championships
Lining up to challenge the Americans are two teams from the hosts Spain, as well as two from Great Britain, Ireland and Australia. New Zealand, Japan and Italy also all have one team apiece. The under 21 competition, debuting at this year’s championship, will be contested between Great Britain, Spain, Ireland and Australia.... [more]

2007 Colgate World Cup Sylt – Registration Day
By © PWA / Brian McDowell,
A positive forecast prompted the organizers to make an unusually early start to the competition on registration day to maximize the conditions available. 20-25 knots and up to head high surf got competition underway late in the afternoon. An eight minute heat duration was set with just one jump and one ride to count from each competitor.... [more]

Volkswagen Touareg Laser SB3 National Championship
By PR,
A dazzling line-up of talent will take part, with many of the biggest names in sailing joining the UK’s most strongly contested fleet. Lawrie Smith is bringing back his 1992 Olympic bronze medal team of Ossie Stewart and Rob Cruikshank to compete in the SB3 for the first time. While the Cowes 2006 SB3 winner Russell Peters is teaming up with James Grant of Basilica Volvo Extreme 40 fame and local hero Greg Wells. Will anyone be able to upset the Carveth and Bourke domination of this season?... [more]

Thomas Johanson signs with Ericsson Racing Team
By Ericsson Racing Team,
At the age of 38 Thomas Johanson is now writing a new chapter in his sailing career. After many years of inshore fleet racing and as skipper onboard a 60 foot multihull, Thomas is ready to take on his first round the world race. Johanson, has signed with Ericsson Racing Team as crew member in the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009.... [more]

Mirksy and Cian to battle for ACI Match Race Cup
By Event Media,
The semifinals of the ACI Match Race Cup are over. The finalists are Italian Paolo Cian (3-0 vs Phillipe Presti ) and Australian Torvar Mirsky (3-2 vs Damien Iehl.... [more]

IMS 670 World Cup - Navantia wins fist leg
By Event media,
Finally set at 52 miles long, the Offshore race was divided into two separate legs, each worth 1.5. Jesus Pinto’s 'Navantia' was first, followed by Javier Puerta’s 'Opecen' and Pedro Campos’ 'Movistar'. 'National Suisse' were in fourth place.... [more]

Transat 6.50 leader passes Cape Finisterre
By Event media,
Leader Isabelle Joschke (Degrémont Synergie) passed Cape Finisterre Thursday afternoon with a 25/30 knots North/North West regime. The Cape Finisterre transit is usually accompanied by a clear gap in the fleet. The first skippers start to get into the Portuguese trade winds zone accelerating, when the others are still fighting with the North Spain eastern winds... [more]

Legal Eagle support for Weymouth Olympic centre
By PR,
Charles Russell LLP, one of the top 50 legal practices in the UK, has pledged its support to the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, host sailing venue for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. They will also sponsor Helena Lucas, Britain’s top 2.4mR Class, single handed small keelboat Paralympic sailor... [more]

Bestaven to helm Parlier’s old boat
By Event media,
The 60-footer with a prestigious past, one of the most innovative boats of her generation, had been languishing in Normandy for four years. Cervin EnR is not yet fine-tuned. She will be worked on during a major refit in the winter, the results of which will be seen in May 2008 during the single-handed Transat.... [more]

UK entries take top places in Clipper 07-08
By Event Media,
Liverpool 08 clinched second place closely followed by Glasgow: Scotland with style Clipper in third at the end of Race 1 in the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race.... [more]

Speed Windsurfing World Champions announced
By Event Media,
The Overall Title for both men and women was decided by the last races of the last event in 2007. In the mens fleet, four riders had the chance to catch the 2007 title. In the womens fleet, Valerie Ghibaudo (FRA, Loft Sails) was head to head with Karin Jaggi (SUI, F2, North) after the first two events in Karpathos and Fuerteventura.... [more]

Changes to Protocol hoped to soothe BMW Oracle
By America's Cup Media and Sail-World,
Today the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) and Alinghi announced that after a series of successful Competitor Commission meetings and discussions with the legitimately entered challengers, the Protocol has been amended in agreement with the Challenger of Record, Club Náutico Español de Vela (CNEV... [more]

Brits head for ISAF Team Racing Worlds
Frantic, thrilling and always a guaranteed crowd pleaser, the ISAF Team Racing World Championships get underway in Spain this Sunday with three teams flying the Great Britain flag. Each team comprises six sailors crewing three 420 dinghies per team.... [more]

Upper Thames Firefly Open Meeting
By PR,
A select group of fifteen Fireflies gathered at Upper Thames over the weekend of the 15/16 September to compete for the Measurers Cup, Singlehanded Trophy and Upper Thames Challenge Trophy, all prizes which date back to the start of the Firefly class in 1946... [more]

Images and Report - Skandia Go for Gold 2007 - Day 1
By Onedition,
2007 sees the second edition of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, taking place from the 19th to the 23rd September at Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy, the venue for the 2012 Olympics. This year's Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta will see just under 300 people from 15 nations competing in 9 classes.... [more]

Shirley Robertson can't take Yngling snub easily
By Tim Jeffery, Telegraph, UK,
Double Olympic champion Shirley Robertson has accused British sailing officials of making an 'easy decision' after they left her out of the squad for next year's Olympic Games in Beijing.... [more]

Williams still leads tour but ranks tighten
By Yvonne Reid,
Based on the results from the Latium Match Cup, Team Pindar’s Ian Williams (GBR) retains a healthy 32-point lead in the World Match Racing Tour leaderboard, but the race has tightened considerably for 2nd through 4th places. Only five points now separate Mathieu Richard (FRA) Saba Sailing Team, Paolo Cian (ITA) Shosholoza, and Sebastien Col (FRA) Areva Challenge, on the Tour leaderboard,... [more]

Weymouth Fat Face RS200 event
By Pete Vincent,
Given the conditions obtaining anything approaching a consistent set of results proved very tricky, so Hamish Calders and Severine Rees-Jones counting a 1, 2, 3 score line was remarkable and easily gave them overall victory at the Fat Face RS200 Racing Circuit event at Weymouth Sailing Club... [more]

Strong winds for Derwent N12 Opening Meeting
By PR,
Six boats arrived at Derwent reservoir for the National 12 Open, ready for a days sailing amongst the stunning Northumberland scenery. The forecast had promised 10mph and sun, the reality was more like cloudy and 20-30mph... [more]

VELUX Group on board again for 2010-11, 5 Oceans race
By PR,
The VELUX Group has re-signed as title sponsor of the next 5 Oceans race, due to take place in 2010-11. William Ward, CEO of Clipper Ventures announced the ongoing sponsorship deal at the Grand Pavois Boat Show in La Rochelle. The next edition of the race expects to once again incorporate stopovers in Australasia and the East Coast of the United States... [more]

Big moves announced by German America's Cup team
By Event Media and,
The German America's Cup team have announced some significant moves with their beefed up challenge for the 33rd America's Cup. Jochen Schümann has left Alinghi and will lead the German Challenge. Existing naming sponsor United Internet AG is joined by Audi AG as main sponsors of the Challenge. Porsche Consulting becomes technology partner, and the German team have acquired SUI-91 from Defenders Alinghi.... [more]

Crewsaver issues lifejacket safety warning
By IBI Magazine,
Crewsaver, a UK manufacturer of lifejackets and other lifesaving equipment, has announced that its lifejacket servicing department has detected a problem with United Moulders' Mk3 Standard Automatic Head that was fitted to Crewsaver Crewfit and Survivor inflatable lifejackets manufactured prior to 1997.... [more]

HOLT Tide Ride - Results and Images
The evenings drawing in, kicking up the leaves, can Winter be far away, yes, it's Tide Ride time at Hayling Island SC. The annual Autumn crash and burn event at HISC included six classes this year - the International 14, RS800, RS700, Laser 4000, 29er and B14... [more]

Victory for Robin Wood at Corus I-Canoe Open
By Dave Timson,
Victory for Robin Wood at the International Canoe Open at Corus SC where the colourful band of Asymmetric Canoes brought zest to the industrial backdrop of Corus steelworks... [more]

RYA Names Olympic Names - Or do they?
The RYA unveiled its first selections they will be recommending to the British Olympic Association for the Beijing Olympic games next year and ran straight in to controversy - Only three teams got the definite nod - Yngling, Laser and 49er - and that has upset some... [more]

Thorntons win penultimate Gill event at Thorpe Bay
By PR,
John and Mandy Thornton won the penultimate Gill Series Event at Thorpe Bay Yacht Club on Sunday 16th September. Nineteen National Twelve's arrived at Thorpe Bay for the event... [more]

Images from Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 4
By Erik Simonson, h2o Shots,
Top US photographer, Erik Simonson was there with the action on Day 4 at the Rolex Big Boat Series on San Francisco Bay.... [more]

£3 million Olympic contract to Walcon
By Chris Clode,
Walcon Marine of Fareham is to supply the pontoons to the new Portland Marina, which will form part of the venue for the sailing events of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games - The contract is worth £3 million for the manufacture and supply of pontoons to the new marina... [more]

Clipper race prepares for medivac in Channel
By Anna Wardley,
Jamaica’s skipper Simon Bradley contacted the Clipper 07-08 Race Team at 1920 GMT on Monday 17 September after the crew member was injured on deck. No other crew members suffered injuries in the incident... [more]

Sail 4 Cancer calendar by Kos
By PR,
The Sail 4 Cancer campaign, which aims to raise significant funds for cancer treatment, care and research through the organisation of high profile sailing events, approached marine sports photographer, Kos with a view to producing a calendar to help raise funds for the charity... [more]

Ince&Co take B14 series at Holt Tide Ride
By Mark Barnes/Mark Watts/Dave Gibbons,
The B14 circus arrived at Hayling Island SC for the weekends games. As predicted Master of Ceremonies Tim Hancock Had some treats in store. With light winds, some fleets were to sail a new style course, slalom rather than gates. However, the B14s due to the rig setup were not and sailed the windward leeward course with two gates... [more]

Pindar Radii takes lead 18ft Skiff Grand Prix
By Andy Richards,
Pindar Radii built up a comfortable lead on day 2 of the European 18ft Skiff Grand Prix in Carnac - but the race for second place is really hotting up as the overall results were turned upside down from the previous day with up to three races to go,... [more]

Golding new ECOVER launched at Southampton
By PR,
HRH The Princess Royal officially named the newly built Open 60 ECOVER which is to be skippered by Mike Golding within the IMOCA Open 60 class - His first race will be the Transat Jacques Vabre in November this year... [more]

Day four photos from the Rolex Big Boat Series
By Sail World,
The last day of the Rolex Big Boat Series provided some exciting racing in all classes, captured here by Sail World's San Francisco based photographer, Chuck Lantz.... [more]

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