News Letter for the week 8 to 14 October 2007

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15 Oct 2007
Major Events

2007 America's Cup

Olympic class regattas


2007 Garmin Hamble Series

Keelboat Events

Offshore Events

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Clipper Race 07-08

2007 China Cup International Regatta


Welcome to this weeks News Letter

The Garmin hamble series managed some racing at last while over at the Barcolana of Trieste classic 1,831 boats were on the start line - won by Alfa Romeo 2, Crichton has won the race four times (2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007).

Plenty of other results from Europe and around the world and of course continuing updates on the America's Cup - now it seems if they fail to get enough entries, Valencia will get a refund on the money they have paid out.

Gerald New
UK Editor

Garmin Hamble Winter Series - Success at Last
By Peter Danby,
Once again, the huge number of Winter Series competitors assembled at the committee boats of the Black Fleet (large yachts) and White Fleet (not so large), but this time with an awful feeling of deja vu. At the appointed start time of 10.00 there was no wind - or, to be more accurate, just a very little... [more]

Final Race of Liverpool YC Early Autumn Series
By PR,
The fifth and final race in the Dolphin Sails sponsored Liverpool YC Early Autumn Series took place on Sunday. The series winners were Nick Ogden in his J122 Ulula in class 1. In class 2 Adam Kyffin’s and Jonathon Oliver’s Formula 28 Flash II had already won the series with wins in all the previous races... [more]

Barcolona 39: Alfa Romeo 2 wins and breaks record
By Event Media,
Triumph and record for Alfa Romeo 2 at the Barcolana of Trieste: after only 55 minutes 30 seconds race and Neville Crichton wins in the Triestine regatta with 1831 sailing boats on the start line. Crichton has won the race for the fourth time (2003, 2004, 2006 e 2007) and after hoisting a gennaker, raced towards the first mark at a speed of over 25 knots.... [more]

Richard wins King Edward VII Gold Cup
By Sean McNeill,
Mathieu Richard of France became the third consecutive first-time winner of the King Edward VII Gold Cup today when he defeated Sweden’s Björn Hansen, 2-0... [more]

America's Cup - We want our money back
If contracted number of competitors is not reached, Americas Cup Management will be forced to repay the Valencians up to 7% of the total contract for each syndicate under nine entries in the Challengers' Selection Series.... [more]

Gotta Love It 7 wins 18ft skiff first Harbour race
By Frank Quealey, Sydney Harbour,
The new 18ft Skiff season got off to a great start today with a 12knot North East wind and a 21-boat fleet on hand on Sydney Harbour.... [more]

Clipper - Nova Scotia gains on Durban 2010
By Heather Ewing,
Nova Scotia and Glasgow: Scotland with style Clipper have both eaten into Durban 2010 and Beyond's lead after the South Africans tacked away from the coast as the leading trio approaches Salvador at the end of Race 2 from La Rochelle... [more]

US Olympic-Paralympic Trials – too close to call
By Cynthia Goss, US SAILING,
East Coast Report - Gamblers would be forewarned before placing bets on winners at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team Trials – Sailing. The final day of racing is tomorrow, and odds for victory have gelled in only two classes.... [more]

The Maltese Falcon: Art on Innovation
By Nancy Knudsen,
Recognized as the most incredible, influential and ground breaking yacht the world has ever seen, the Maltese Falcon has now been captured within the pages of an exclusive art book; The Maltese Falcon: Art of Innovation.... [more]

Harris and Byron (USA) win Albacore Internationals
By PR,
The 2007 WaveRate Albacore International Championship was held at the West River SC in Galesville, Maryland and racing was on the Chesapeake Bay about five miles south of Annapolis off the Thomas Point Light... [more]

West Coast - US Olympic trials Day 7
By US Sailing,
The heat's on in 49ers, Stars and RS:X boards for the last two days. In the 49er's, sailors Tim Wadlow and Pete Spaulding represented the U.S. in the 2004 Olympics at Athens, and one of them will be going to Qingdao, China next summer... [more]

East Coast Olympic & Paralympic Trials latest news
By Cynthia Goss,
Big breeze and big wind shifts visited the East Coast race courses at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Team Trials – Sailing today.... [more]

Race 2 La Rochelle - Salvador Da Bahia - Day 20
By Heather Ewing,
Durban 2010 and Beyond crossed the Equator at 01:20 GMT to become the first in the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race to enter the Southern Hemisphere.... [more]

History making -China Cup International Regatta
By Suzy Rayment & Rob Kothe, Sail-World,
The Inaugural China Cup International Regatta 2007 is being organised by the Chinese Yachting Association and the Executive Authority of the Organizing Committee of the 26th Summer Universiade (Shenzhen, China).... [more]

Women's Match Racing Championship Heads Down Under
View the Notice of Race, along with past World Championship results, at the newly launched championship microsite - The tenth edition of the ISAF Women’s World Championship will also be the first held in the Southern Hemisphere, with the world’s top women match racers set to go head to head in Auckland, New Zealand from 1-6 April.... [more]

Cayard rejoins Desafío Español for 33rd AC
By PR,
Paul Cayard has joined Desafío Español as Sports Director for the 33rd America's Cup. During the last edition of the event, Cayard was the team's Technical and Sports Adviser overseeing the preparation and set up of ESP 97 during the weeks leading up the Louis Vuitton Cup in April 2007... [more]

One Month to Go - Barcelona World Race
By Barcelona World Race,
With two boats already in Barcelona and six teams currently heading towards the Catalan capital, the Barcelona World Race is definitely now in 'active' mode. One month away from the start, a closer look at the entrants reveals an impressive list of achievements, which in themselves give a precise idea of the level of competition involved in this event.... [more]

RYA National Match Racing Finals get underway
Racing gets underway at WPNSA today as Portland Harbour play host to some fierce competition this weekend as the battle for the RYA National Match Racing Championships crown comes to a head at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy... [more]

Yves le Blévec leads Transat 6,50
By Event media,
Last night, Yves le Blévec (Actual) was close to the obligatory passage imposed by the Transat 6,50 Charente-Maritime/Bahia organization. The competitors have to cross a zone between Santo Antao island - North West of Cape Verde - and Maio small island, South East of the archipelago.... [more]

The Corona Extra PWA World Cup '07 – Day Five
By Brian McDowell,
The mystery as to who'll take the 2007 title in Scotland stays shrouded in the misty beaches of Tiree.... [more]

Award Double for Mike Golding
By PR,
Mike Golding has this week received two awards for his rescue of fellow yachtsman Alex Thomson during last year´s Velux 5 Oceans round the world race - the Emile Robin Award and The Marine Society Thomas Gray Memorial Trust Silver Medal... [more]

IMOCA dumps Velux 5 Oceans race
By Anna Wardley,
IMOCA, the international governing body of the Open 60 Class, has announced that the next Velux 5 Oceans, starting in 2010, would not form part of their provisional championship calendar of events. This action, will prevent skippers in the Velux 5 Oceans race from winning points toward the IMOCA championship... [more]

RYA unveils biggest ever Volvo RYA Keelboat Squad
More than 40 of Britain’s most promising future big boat sailors have received a major boost in realising their yachting ambitions after being selected for the prestigious 2007-08 Volvo RYA Keelboat Programme... [more]

Special Olympics: They Know They Can!
By Alistair Skinner,
Put almost 100 competitors from over a dozen countries together and you can expect the competition to be fierce. On Dianshan Lake, just to the west of Shanghai, it was not much different. This was the venue for the 2007 Special Olympics Sailing Regatta which closed yesterday after a week of competition... [more]

Seven Challengers take umbrage at Cup Protocol
By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Just two weeks after the finish of the 32nd America's Cup, seven of the Challengers signed a letter expressing their views of the Protocol which had been signed between the Defender, Societe Nautique de Geneve, and their Challenger of Record Club Nautico Espanol de Vela.... [more]

Team Aqua leads, with Coutts and Spithill behind
By Jennifer Hall,
Today's fleet racing started relatively calmly with eight knots of breeze, but the bora soon filled in to offer exciting conditions for the ten teams competing in the RC44 Trieste Cup. With more than twenty knots in the first of four races, the RC44s relished in what turned out to be great practice for the upcoming Gold Cup in Dubai.... [more]

GUL RS200 Inlands at Grafham Water SC
By Pete Vincent,
With three previous National Champions and many from the top 15 at this years GUL Nationals competing, Chris Pickles and Laura Westell would not have been manys choice as favourite going into the GUL RS200 Inlands at Grafham Water SC. But as the Wallabies and Kiwis rugby teams were to so wonderfully prove, track record and reputation count for nothing at championships, it is how you compete on the day.... [more]

Vendée Globe 2008-09 to make history
By Vendée Globe Media,
Twenty years after its first edition, when this race was first created around an idea, which was both simple and crazy: sail single-handed non-stop around the world via the three capes without any external assistance, Philippe de Villiers, race organiser, officially presented the 2008/09 Vendée Globe in Paris today, Wednesday 10th October 2007.... [more]

Solo non-stop record around Antarctica
Famous Russian sailor Fedor Konyukhov will set sail from Falmouth UK on Friday 12th October on a shake-down solo voyage to Albany, Western Australia in preparation for his attempt to become the first man to sail solo non-stop around Antarctica.... [more]

Sailing, Body Heat Regulation - Spinal Cord Injury
By Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Most people with complete spinal cord injuries do not sweat below the level of the injury. This means that they need to monitor and control their environmental conditions... [more]

Deal and Marriott retain RS800 Inlands
By PR,
Thirtyone RS800s made the trip to Grafham Water Sailing club for the 2007 GUL RS800 Inland Nationals Championships. And for the second year running Justin Deal and Sarah Marriott (Fat Face) took first place. Peter Barton and Bonnie Moody (skifftastic) took second place while Sam Maxfield and Chris Fisher took third.... [more]

Full text of Mascalzone Latino letter on 2009 America's Cup
By Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World has obtained the full text of the 'amicus curiae' letter sent by Mascalzone Latino to the New York State Supreme Court, prior to its hearing on 22 October. At first blush the letter appears to traverse much of the ground already covered by the protagonists, but there are some new angles.... [more]

Flying 15 Bulwark Trophy at Hayling Island SC
By Roger Palmer,
Two wins on Saturday gave Alan Bax and Jamie the perfect score to win the 2007 Bulwark Trophy at Hayling Island SC. Twenty-seven Flying Fifteens turned out to compete for the weekend event sponsored by RoK. Light northeasterly winds were a feature of the Saturday racing run by Flying Fifteen sailor Jamie Jameson... [more]

RYA meet with UK Catamaran stakeholders
Royal Yachting Association personnel met with representatives of the UK catamaran racing community on Monday to discuss concerns surrounding submissions to the ISAF Conference regarding future events in the ISAF Youth World Championships and the Olympic Games... [more]

Belben takes victory at Draycote with Prowler
By Mike Cooke,
Jason Belben sailing his Prowler showed his nationals-winning form, to take all three races by a considerable margin. A dozen Moths braved a rather dire weather forecast for the Draycote Water end of season moth bash, with boats ranging from an old-school Magnum 8 to the latest in foiler technology... [more]

Hardy and Riou lead Transat 6,50
By Event media,
The leaders of the Transat 6,50 Charente Maritime Bahia fleet passed the Canaries Archipelago last night. That was more or less easy or comfortable depending on the navigation zone chosen. Adrien Hardy (Brossard) and Yann Riou (Caméléon) now lead after sailing the most East... [more]

Walsh and Barney in Tornado upset at Weymouth
By PR,
Andrew Walsh and Ed Barney turned in an impressive second round performance in the Tornado at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy last weekend. Having finished third behind Beijing-nominated crew Leigh McMillan and Will Howden and experienced RYA Olympic Performance squad duo Rob Wilson and Mark Bulkeley in the Series first round opener - the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta - last month, Walsh and Barney turned the tables completely posting four wins... [more]

St Petersburg Yacht Club's Rolex Osprey Cup
By Dana Paxton,
Later this month, the St Petersburg Yacht Club will host some of the world’s most accomplished sailors during the Rolex Osprey Cup, an ISAF Grade 1 women’s match racing regatta. Scheduled for October 18-21, the regatta will feature 10 international teams, including the world’s 3 ranked Team Acuity, skippered by Katie Spithill (Australia)... [more]

Macgregor claims second National Match Racing crow
Lucy MacGregor with Annie Lush and Andrea Brewster took advantage of near perfect conditions in Portland Bay to lead her unbeatable crew to RYA Women’s National Match Racing Championships glory at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) last weekend... [more]

Mediterranean Playground Hit by Major Storm - Yachts Damaged
Several ports in the Bay of Palma have been seriously affected due to the storm which cast the town into total blackness this week and washed boats up on the shore.... [more]

Scuttlebutt: A meeting with Ernesto
By Cory E Friedman,
Imagine yourself with a problem. You are 42 years old and Forbes says you are the 76th richest person in the world with $8.8 billion from the sale of the business your dad passed on to you. You are an accomplished sailor and have run a team that has won the America’s Cup twice. The last time was extremely successful, although a little close for comfort.... [more]

Firefly team take 2007 Endeavour Trophy
By Event Media,
Firefly champions, Tylecote and Lewis maintained their lead of seven points at the end of the event with Roger Gilbert and James Stewart, (Merlin Rocket) in second place, having improved from third on the Saturday evening, leaving Craig in third position in the final line-up... [more]

Tony Thresher wins OK Inlands at Northampton
By Robert Deaves,
Despite the forecast of very light winds, thirty OK Dinghies turned up at Northampton Sailing Club for the 2007 Inland Championships. Three sailors dominated proceedings in the very light winds with Tony Thresher walking away with the title, the veteran trophy and, for West Oxfordshire Sailing Club, the team trophy... [more]

Brit AC team wins Trapani Cento Cup
By PR,
Against a star-studded line-up of skippers from the last America’s Cup, Britain's America's Cup challengers - Team Origin - won the Trapani Cento Cup, a Grade One ISAF Match Race Regatta in Trapani, Sicily, at the weekend... [more]

29er Eurocup - Brits dominate the top 10
By Fiona Diamond,
Six British boats made the long trek down to Lake Garda for the final 29er Eurocup event of the year at Fraglia Vela Riva on Lake Garda in Italy. After a difficult weekend all six teams finished in the top ten.... [more]

National 12 Open – Ripon Sailing Club
By PR,
Twenty-two National 12s gathered at Ripon Sailing Club on 6 October. With fickle winds the OOD faced a challenge setting a suitable line and course. The wind changed direction right at the last minute resulting in an unusual running start!... [more]

America's Cup document says RNZYS against Protocol
By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZL,
Documents filed with the New York State Supreme Court claim that Emirates Team New Zealand was one of three of the five Challengers for the 2009 America's Cup, who publicly objected to the Protocol for the event.... [more]

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