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08 Oct 2007
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Well Percy and Simpson do get to go to the Games, while Ainslie has to show he really is the UK number one.

People power - well catamaran people - makes the RYA think again about its submission to the ISAF dumping multihulls.

And the America's Cup saga just runs and runs. The Spanish press claim a deal has been done and the Cup will be in 2010 with the new boat - denied by Alinghi.

And then Italian America's Cup team, Mascalzone Latino (Latin Rascal), filed an amicus curiae brief in the case between BMW Oracle and Alinghi.

Meanwhile autumn days came in with a vengeance this weekend and south coast sailing drifted to a halt - on the Hamble and at the RS-K6 Nationals at Hayling.

Oh, and England won a rather important Rugby game, the strange thing is the Wallabies (AUS) seemed surprised!

Enjoy your reading here
Gerald New
UK Editor

Early finish for RS-K6 Nationals
Despite a long slow drift to Hayling Bay the weather gods didn't play ball and after a two hour postponement the PRO Jamie Jameson made the call to abandon racing for both the K6's and Flying Fifteens... [more]

Garmin Hamble Winters Series, Day 1 images
By Peter Danby,
There was disappointment for more than a thousand sailors when lack of breeze caused racing to be abandoned for all of the eleven classes on the first day of this popular Solent series... [more]

Radial 2007 Qualifier circuit round–up
By Jon Emmett,
A round-up of the Radial Qualifier circuit in 2007. The first Radial Qualifier was held at Stokes Bay SC and had the largest turn out of the year. Other venues included Highcliffe, Lowestoft, Pwllheli, Paignton and the final Qualifier in Hastings... [more]

Laser and Radial World Masters Championships - Final
Australian sailors, won five division titles at the Laser and Laser Radial World Masters Championships which ended Saturday at the Bay of Roses in Spain. The Australians won four mens and one womens title... [more]

Wellington stopover for SolOceans
By Event media,
In the New Zealand Embassy in Paris, the Rt. Hon. Helen Clark, Prime Minister of New Zealand, in the presence of Her Excellency, Sarah Dennis, the New Zealand Ambassador for France, announced that Wellington will be the stopover city for the first single-handed oceanic round- the- world race sailed on equal footing... [more]

Day Three of Moby M30 World Championship 2007
By Jill Campbell, Porto Cervo, Italy,
With the fleet now having completed six races New Caledonia (FRA), owned by Vincent Portugal, leads the overall classification by five points ahead of Matrix ArcaTxActive (ITA), owned by Luigi Melegari and Gianmarco Rinaldi. Jim Richardson’s Barking Mad (USA) is in third place, 12 points behind the leader with yesterday’s leader Optimumm (AUS), owned by Guy Stenning in fourth.... [more]

Images of M30 Worlds Porto Cervo Day 3
By Steve Arkley,
Images of M30 Worlds Porto Cervo Day 3 from Steve Arkley - catch the action... [more]

Mascalzone Latino enter the America's Cup row
By Mascalzone Latino media release,
The Italian America's Cup team, Mascalzone Latino (Latin Rascal) has filed an amicus curiae brief in the case between BMW Oracle and Alinghi. Reale Yacht Club Canottieri Savoia (RYCCS) and Mascalzone Latino have submitted an amicus curiae brief to the Court Case between Golden Gate Yacht Club and Sociétè Nautique de Genévè and to bring their views to the attention of the Court... [more]

Brits lead 29er Eurocup on Lake Garda
Two British teams lead the 29er Eurocup event on Lake Garda this weekend. After four races completed the Hayling Island SC pair, James Peters and Ed Fitzgerald have a one point lead from Bleddyn Mon and Tom Humphreys from Red Wharf SC... [more]

Clipper - Nova Scotia recovers after breakage
By PR,
Reports that a broken guy lead to Nova Scotia falling 45 miles behind race leader Durban 2010 but Nova Scotia have now cut that lead to 29 miles. New York also appear to have found some wind, posting a 12 hour run of 102 nautical miles overnight, their best for the last week... [more]

Competitors rescue J24 sailors from wild Harbour
By Peter Campbell,
Crews on J24 class yachts this afternoon rescued two sailors knocked overboard from another J24 Jaybird after a collision and dismasting in wild conditions on Sydney Harbour.... [more]

2007 Women’s Dinghy Championships cancelled
By PR,
Due to the current closure of the host venue Queen Mary Sailing Club as a result of the investigation into suspected foot and mouth disease in the vicinity, the RYA has regrettably decided to cancel its 2007 Women’s Dinghy Championships, scheduled for 13-14 October... [more]

King Edward VII Gold Cup Regatta
By Sean McNeill,
The King Edward VII Gold Cup, Stage 13 of the World Match Racing Tour will be sailed in Hamilton, Bermuda from Oct. 9-14, 2007.... [more]

Done Deal - America's Cup set for 2010?
The Spanish newspaper, ABC, reported on Thursday that the America's Cup will be held in Valencia 2010 and that Brad Butterworth and Russell Coutts have already reached an agreement concerning the 33rd America's Cup... [more]

Thorpe Bay 29er and 49er Opens at Thorpe Bay
By PR,
Thorpe Bay held it’s annual 9er open on the last weekend of September. The forecast did not promise a lot of wind but all 6 races were held over the two days. Saturdays three races were light – the last race of the day proving a challenge for some against a strengthening tide and dying wind... [more]

18ft skiff Update - Gotta Love It 7
By Andrew Palfrey,
Over the past 6 months the 18ft Skiff team, Gotta Love It 7, has had a break from sailing the 18 footer and used this time to go to university, go to work and of course do more sailing in other classes of boats.... [more]

Solo Open Meeting round-up
The Solo class held a number of well attended Open Meetings during September. Yet again Frampton on Severn SC turned over its reputation for light wind Solo Opens, with a gusty Force 4 to 5 on the 16 September. Chris Brown took the series with a win and two second places... [more]

USA Olympic Sailing Trials - at odds with the competition
By Lynn Fitzpatrick Sail-World USA Editor,
The 2008 US Olympic and Paralympic Team Trials are just about to start and a lot of people have put a tremendous amount of effort into preparing for the regattas. Sail-World USA Editor Lynn Fitzpatrick asks Are we doing it right?... [more]

Images from Day 1 at the Moby M30 Worlds
By Steve Arkley,
Images from Day 1 at the Moby M30 Worlds by Steve Arkley... [more]

RS600 and RS Vareo Opens at Broadstairs SC
By PR,
The RS600 and RS Vareo classes enjoyed a sunny weekend at the Broadstairs SC for their Fat Face Racing Circuit open meetings. The weekends racing opened with a light force 2 that slowly built to finish with a 20-knot breeze that stretched everyone. John Charles won the RS600 event with Andy Temple was the winner in the RS Vareo class... [more]

RYA Women’s National Match Racing this weekend
It is all about the girls this weekend as seven all-female crews go head-to-head for the title of RYA Women’s National Match Racing champions at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy... [more]

Olympic stars turn-out for RYA Olympic Series
The competition to be the best Olympic Classes sailors in the country is hotting up as the second of the 2007 RYA Olympic Classes National Ranking Series events takes place at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy this weekend... [more]

Half the Classes for Rolex Miami OCR
By PR,
Though it will have fewer classes for its 2008 edition, US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR again will fulfil an annual promise to supply world-class racing to sailors eyeing the next Olympic and Paralympic Games - Racing will be only for the Laser, Laser Radial, Star and Yngling, plus Paralympic classes... [more]

Cats are Back – RYA puts Youth catamarans back
By Sail-World,
Following pressure from the UK catamaran community - after the RYA submitted resolutions to the ISAF Council omitting multihulls from the events for future Youth Worlds and the 2012 Olympic Games - the RYA has amended its submission to the ISAF Council and added an Open Multihull event to its list of future events for the ISAF Youth World Championships... [more]

ISAF World Sailing Rankings
Australia hold onto their three top spots whilst there is just one change amongst the leaders in the latest release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings on 3 October.... [more]

Schümann: America’s Cup has to take place in 2009
By United Internet Team Germany,
With the new Head of Team Jochen Schümann Team Germany is on schedule structuring its team for the 33. America’s Cup. Schümann: 'We have accepted the challenge to race in a new boat class, the AC90 class, in the summer of 2009 in Valencia. Our new designer team is forming within the next few days at the team base in Valencia in order to design the first 90ft America’s Cup Yacht according to the new rules and to then build it in Germany.'... [more]

Longtze Premier sportsboat on display
By China Team,
The first prototype of LONGTZE Premier, the new Sport Boat class produced by China Team, has been on display in Shenzhen International Airport since 29 September and will be there for the next two months. Shenzhen is one of the biggest airports in China with 20 million passengers passing through each year. Longtze Premier was transported 2000 km by land from Qingdao, and Thierry Barot was in charge of the operation... [more]

BUSA takes British America Trophy
By Ken Legler,
BUSA dominated all three starts in this 2x2 team race. ICSA made race one close with good crew work and tactics approaching the leeward mark.... [more]

Ovington take control of Musto Skiff production
By PR,
Ovington Boats purchase the Victor Boats share in the Musto Performance Skiff project. Ovington Boats have been a 50% partner since the inception of the Musto Performance Skiff project, formally with Devoti Sailing and latterly with Victor Boats... [more]

Littlejohn and Giles are Gul RS200 Youth Champions
By PR,
An impressive turnout of 31 boats for the Gul RS200 Youth Championships at Rutland Sailing Club. Sam Littlejohn and Matt Giles from Lancing SC won the two races completed before racing on Sunday was cancelled due to no wind... [more]

Pippa Wilson at Voller Energy Emerald Yacht launch
By PR,
Team GBR Olympic competitor, Pippa Wilson, will be at the launch of the Voller Energy Emerald Yacht to be held at London’s St Katharine’s Dock on Thursday. Pippa will be on hand to help Voller Energy launch their new Emerald Yacht, a Beneteau 411 that will be competing in the upcoming ARC Rally sailing a 2700 nautical mile passage from Gran Canaria to St Lucia... [more]

Miranda Merron out of Transat Jacques Vabre
By PR,
Miranda Merron has had to withdraw from the Transat Jacques Vabre due to a minor health issue. Peter Harding, owner of 40 Degrees, will now race this November's Transat Jacques Vabre with the highly experienced, French sailor Anne Liardet... [more]

America's Cup goes on hold?
By Richard Gladwell,,
The Defender of the America's Cup, America's Cup Management (ACM) have announced that they are considering postponing the 33rd/34th America's Cup, which they had scheduled for August 2009... [more]

La Solitaire du Figaro Suzuki signs 3 year sponsor
By Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Suzuki signs up to be main sponsor of La Solitaire for the next 3 years, an event they have supported since 2006. The course route for the 2008 edition of La Solitaire du Figaro race will be announced on the 29 November 2007... [more]

Excellent - John Pollard wins UK Melges title
By Event MEDIA,
John Pollard sailing Excellent, won the Comer Homes Melges 24 UK Championships in Weymouth Bay on Friday. Competition was very close with the offshore breeze providing plenty of shifts for snakes and ladders games up the beats, and bands of strong pressure making for exciting slay-rides down hill... [more]

Fireballs return to Stone after 15 Years
By PR,
After a break of 15 years the Fireball fleet returned to Stone Sailing sailing club for an Open meeting. Vince Horey and Simon Maskell from King George SC, were the winners... [more]

RYA National Match Racing Series Suits Ben
Ben Ainslie and Iain Percy made the most of mixed conditions at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy to win the final round of the RYA National Match Racing Series qualifiers last weekend... [more]

26th Hamble Winter Series starts this weekend
By Peter Danby,
The twenty sixth Hamble Winter Series, sponsored for the third consecutive year by the navigation electronics company Garmin, will commence on Sunday 7 October and continue each weekend until Sunday 2 December... [more]

Twickenham National 12 Open Meeting
By PR,
Four visitors joined three home boats for a fine day's sailing at the National 12 Open at Twickenham YC on 30 September in light force 1-2 easterly. Eventual winners were John and Mandy Thornton... [more]

Hunt & Hall win 3000 Nationals at Draycote
By PR,
The Noble Marine Insurance sponsored 3000 Nationals was held at Draycote Water SC on 29-30 September, attracting 16 boats this year. Numbers were depleted by 2 boats which were sadly impounded at Queen Mary SC on their day of departure, due to foot and mouth restrictions... [more]

Gilbert/Stewart emphatic winners of RS400 Inlands
By PR,
Forty-five RS400s made it to the Gul RS400 Inland championships at Rutland sailing club, many in borrowed boats due to the closure of several London reservoirs. Roger Gilbert and James Stewart were the eventual winners in what could well be taster for next week’s Endeavour Trophy - four teams from that event raced at the RS400s... [more]

RYA reacts to Catamaran rejection furore
The RYA has issued a response to the furore over their apparently high handed actions in submitting two amendments to the ISAF Council which omitted / removed catamaran events and classes from future Olympics and the Youth World Championships... [more]

The A-Class Catamaran Worlds in Florida Keys
By Bob Hodges,
With a record setting 100 boats pre-registered, the 2007 A-Class World Championship sponsored by Ronstan, FSE Robline, Corum, and West Marine is now only weeks away. The regatta will take place at The Islander resort hotel in Islamorada, FL.... [more]

Pindar entering second boat in TJV race
By Kate Fairclough,
Pindar, prolific supporters of British sailing, today announced that Jo Royle and Alexia Barrier will skipper Class 40 yacht Pindar 40 in this year’s Transat Jacques Vabre (TJV) transatlantic race.... [more]

Sailing stars of the future at RYA Zone Champs
By PR,
Some 1,000 competitors in 850 boats took part in this year’s RYA Zone Championships with racing staged in the Optimist, Topper, Laser 4.7, RS Feva, Cadet, Mirror and Hobie Dragoon dinghy classes while the windsurfers competed in the BIC Techno 293 4.5, 5.5, 6.8 and 7.8 classes... [more]

Ian Harris wins OK Giles Cartoon Trophy
By Robert Deaves,
Using a borrowed boat, assembled just hours before the first race, Ian Harris won the 2007 Giles Cartoon Trophy at Waldringfield Sailing Club over the weekend of 29/30 September... [more]

Lewmar Flush Hatch gets the powerboater look
By PR,
Lewmar's popular Flush Hatch - originally designed for mounting in molded deck recesses on sailboats - has been expanded in 2007 to include a Round Flush Hatch for powerboaters... [more]

Percy/Simpson go to Olympics - Ainslie on hold again
The RYA have announced that the British Star crew of Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson will be nominated for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. But, in a reversal of their earlier stance, the Finn spot will remain open until more sailing trials have been held - Ben Ainslie and Ed Wright will face off in Sydney and Melbourne this winter... [more]

Forceracing: Foiling Moth arrives in New Zealand
By Andrew Brown,
Wow!!! Well how do explain the sensation that has just occurred? In 10 to 12 knots of wind out off Murrays Bay, my third time on the moth and first time foiling. To begin with I was scared, frightened, excited, astonished, amazed, and in a sense of bewilderment!... [more]

Egger and Stahl (GER) win Tornado Torbole Trophy
By PR,
The German Patrick Egger (crew Dominic Stahl) is the winner of 2007 Tornado Torbole Trophy. Second the Swiss Nowak-Rusterholz, third the Austrian Salzmann (Dietmar and Cornelia)... [more]

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