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Editorial: sailing round-up

No spare space at the mark in the One Design division (Beneteau 40.7), China Cup International Regatta 2007, photo Guy Nowell/  Guy Nowell

Welcome to sailing round-up for the week 15 to 21 October

The first ever, big boat sailing regatta to be held in China - the China Cup International Regatta - got underway Friday. The Rolex Middle Sea Race has set off from Malta with the crews apprehensive about what may lie ahead. And on the dinghy scene a whole raft of championships and open meetings, plus a new RS dinghy.

The first ever, big boat sailing regatta to be held in China - the China Cup International Regatta - got underway Friday when a 60 boat fleet set off from Steep Island, just to the east of Hong Kong, to race to the Longcheer YC in Shenzhen.

Showing their determination to make this into a major international regatta, the CCIR purchased ten Beneteau First 40.7 racing yachts to create a one-design Class. These boats were then offered to international crews, with teams coming from, the United States, Japan, Brazil, Denmark, France, Australia, Dubai and New Zealand, China and Taipei. In addition there is an IRC racing fleet of 50 yachts.

Race management is being supplied by the Royal Hong Kong YC, media facilities by and the event will be beamed around the world, with Shirley Robinson and the CNN Mainsail team covering the event. The future for sailing in China is bright. The 2008 Olympic sailing regatta in Qingdao will be a major step forward for Chinese sailing and then the Volvo Ocean Race will stop in Qingdao in early 2009. Following on from the recent America's Cup involvement expect China to become a force in yachting very quickly.

Meanwhile in the on-going America's Cup row,with the court case looming in New York, we have the latest report of the rejection by Alinghi, of a resolution proposed by the Golden Gate YC. It seems the Cup will go to court. . . . or will it?

The Rolex Middle Sea Race has set off from Malta with the crews apprehensive about what may lie ahead but displaying a quiet confidence that they are prepared for tough race and some tough decisions. Of the 60 yachts registered to take part, following a pretty sobering weather briefing, three yachts chose not to start this morning. Since the start four yachts have retired, leaving 53 yachts on the course.

Coming soon to the RS line up – the RS Q’BA  RS
On the dinghy scene we have the Finn class and their on-board camera technology and the Foiling Moth reaches New Zealand.

Just finished this weekend the 18ft Skiff Grand Prix event at HISC.

The Hobie worlds in Fiji, 505 championships in Ireland, RS-K6 nationals at Hayling, lots of open events and the Australian and USA Olympic/Paralympic trials. Plus another new dinghy from LDC Racing Sailboats.

And not forgetting the Clipper and Transat 650 on-going events and take a look at the tale of Joe Cool and murder on the high seas.

And also look around the YC Costa Smeralda as it celebrates its 40th anniversary, a vibrant destination paradise, synonymous with luxury living and bustling with activity during the 'high season' of May through September.

Good Sailing

Gerald New
UK Editor

By Gerald New,

Alinghi will continue to seek resolution
By Alinghi Media,
Over the past few months Alinghi, Defender of the 33rd America’s Cup, has been engaged in dialogue with BMW Oracle Racing (BOR) at various levels in an attempt to find a solution to the law suit filed by the Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) against the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG).... [more]

Victory for Woodworth at HISC 18ft Skiff Open
By Gerald New,
Mason Woodworth with Dave Brown and Simon Hamilton take victory at the Hayling Island 18ft Skiff Open over the weekend. The six skiff teams were greeted with sunshine and medium breezes for their Grand Prix Open at HISC... [more]

Final day at 2007 China Cup Regatta
By Rob Kothe,
The final battle in the Grand Prix fleet for the 2007 China Cup International Regatta resumed Sunday on Daya Bay, Shenzhen China. In the Grand Prix IRC class, Ray Robert’s Quantum Racing turned over the mighty 23 metre Jelik to win the inaugural China Cup Regatta. While in the Beneteau 40.7 fleet Japan also pulled of a final race victory to snatch the overall crown from Brazil and New Zealand... [more]

Horror Tale off Cuba on board abandoned Joe Cool
By Todd Lewan, AP,
Unlike most boats returning from the high seas, the Joe Cool had no tales to tell. Three days earlier, the 47-foot boat had departed for the island of Bimini, four crew members and two passengers aboard. A day earlier, it had been found, doing circles and dragging anchor, on a lonely stretch of the Florida Straits about 30 miles north of Cuba.... [more]

America's Cup Defender rejects settlement proposal
By Golden Gate YC,
Negotiations to resolve the next America’s Cup protocol ended today after the defender, Alinghi, rejected a resolution proposed by the Golden Gate Yacht Club. Alinghi also made it clear they would not disclose the new rule governing the size and design of the boats to be used in the next event.... [more]

China Cup International Regatta - Day 3 images
By Guy Nowell, Sail World Asia,
The fleets went off in moderate breeze for a quick trip round the cans this morning, and then on an Islands course in the afternoon. In the morning Ffree Fire 52 eased over the finish line for a notable Line Honours win in front of Jelik, and there was some interesting action on the Div B start line for the afternoon's race.... [more]

28th Rolex Middle Sea Race underway
By Event Media,
The 2007 Rolex Middle Sea Race set off today from Marsamxett Harbour with the crews apprehensive about what may lie ahead but displaying a quiet confidence that they are prepared for tough race and some tough decisions... [more]

US Championship of Champions
By Lynn Fitzpatrick, Regatta Report,
Rodriguez leads going into the Final Races of the US Championship of Champions... [more]

LDC Racing Sailboats announce the RS Q'BA
LDC Racing Sailboats, the UK dinghy manufacturer of a wide range of popular racing and recreational dinghies have announced a new addition to their RS line-up. The new RS Q'BA is intended to bridge the gap between the immensely successful Feva XL and its little sister, the Tera... [more]

YC Costa Smeralda celebrates 40th anniversary
By Barby MacGowan,
The occasion was the 40th Anniversary of the YCCS, established by his Highness the Aga Khan (and a small group of Founder Members) in 1967 after he settled on the sparsely populated island of Sardinia in the early ‘60s and – as the story goes - bought land from the Sardinian women who controlled the purse strings in all business transactions at the time... [more]

China Cup International Regatta Day 2
By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
On the water it was a challenging day for the China Cup international fleet on Shenzhen's Daya Bay. On corrected time Quantum Racing won both races today and now is the clear leader in the regatta. In the Beneteau 40.7 fleet the 'Boys from Brazil' are leading this fleet. Marcos Soares, 1980 470 Olympic Gold Medallist is skippering the Brazilian entry... [more]

Transat - Adrien Hardy recovers to chase Le Blevec
By Event media,
Adrien Hardy (Brossard) has recovered after he activated his e-track beacon (green alarm) which means that he had a problem and that he could manage the situation by himself, and did u-turn Thursday. He dropped from second to tenth and is now back sailing at seven knots in the Transat 650... [more]

Results from Day 1 of the China Cup International
By China Cup International Regatta,
The official Day 1 results from the China Cup International Regatta being held at the Longcheer Yacht Club, Shenzhen, China.... [more]

Pictures from China Cup International Regatta
Photographer Guy Nowell was on the water for the first passage race in the China Cup International Regatta. Here are some images.... [more]

Polish crew win 29er Eurocup series
By Event Media,
221 teams from 20 countries competed in the 2007 29er Eurocup. The tour started in Denia, Spain during March and while they did not win, the Polish team of Lukasz Przybytek and Krzysztof Mongrid showed the fleet a little of what was to com... [more]

China Cup International Regatta Day 2 pictures
By Guy Nowell, Sail World Asia,
Very light conditions in the morning, with quite a few non-finishers in the first race of the day. But the breeze kicked in for the afternoon... [more]

Frank Pong wins first China Cup race
By Rob Kothe,
Hong Kong sailor Frank Pong sailed his maxi yacht Jelik, a Reichel Pugh designed 76 footer (23 metre boat) to victory in the first race of the China Cup International Regatta... [more]

Finn class caught on camera
By Robert Deaves,
The advent of the lightweight on-board camera has produced some remarkable footage from many of this years Finn events, providing, for the first time, a unique angle on the race from the sailors viewpoint. Now, thanks to innovative on-board cameras you can experience what it looks like or feels like to be at the heart of a Finn race... [more]

Ian Williams (GBR) leads into final events
By Yvonne Reid,
Going into the penultimate event on the World Tour, the points race for the Match Racing World Championship is wide open. There are only 100 points available at the next event, the Brazil Sailing Cup, in Vitoria, Brazil - then it's on to the final event the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia... [more]

International Foiling Moth comes to Takapuna
By Richard Gladwell,
Rohan Veal assembles and sails the Bladerider International Foiling Moth along with Andrew Brown and others... [more]

Mick Butler is Hobie 16 World Champion Elect
By Nicholas Price,
Aussie Mick Butler from New South Wales is the 2007 Hobie 16 World Champion Elect after only one race on the final day of racing in Suva, Fiji. Going into the last day, Mick had a slim lead over the pack of world class sailors... [more]

New Transatlantic Race to Test Mettle of Maxis
By Event Media,
It is open to mono hull Maxi yachts with a minimum overall length of 18 metres (59 feet) that are in compliance with the IMA's five division regulations . (Racing, Cruising, Wally, Spirit of Tradition, Mini Maxi). The fleet will assemble at... [more]

Phantom measurements in America's Cup Challenge?
By Richard Gladwell,,
Information obtained by Sail-World reveals that Club Nautico Espanol de Vela used the dimensions their 2007 America’s Cup Class yacht, ESP-97, in their Notice of Challenge made on the 3rd July 2007, when, in fact a much longer boat was inte... [more]

100% Scutcher & Diebitsch Irish 505 Champions
By Tim Bird,
Twenty-six teams arrived at Monkstown Bay SC in Ireland for the last major 505 open event of the year - the Irish 505 Championship. With visitors from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The main road through Monkstown was soon turned from highway to dinghy park as the travelling contingent doubled the numbers... [more]

Torben Grael to skipper Ericsson Racing in Volvo
By Ericsson Media,
Ericsson Racing team have appointed Brazil’s Torben Grael as skipper of their international entry in the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09. The 47-year-old Grael, who led the Brasil 1 boat to third place overall in an eventful 2005-06 campaign, repl... [more]

Clipper Liverpool take fourth ahead of Hull & Humber
By Event Media,
Both Liverpool 08 and Hull & Humber have finished and the battle between the two teams from the north of England was decided with Liverpool taking fourth place ahead of Hull & Humber. It was a slow finish for Liverpool 08 but they crossed yesterday at 15:50 local time (1950 GMT) nearly ten hours ahead of Hull & Humber who crossed in the early hours of this morning at 01:32 local time (04:32 GMT)... [more]

Australian Olympic sailing team announced
By Australian Olympics Committee,
The first members of the 2008 Australian Olympic Team were announced at a press conference in Sydney on Thursday. Following nomination from Yachting Australia the Australian Olympic Committe is pleased to select sixteen outstanding sailors. A decision on the women's Laser Radial class will be made shortly and at present Australia is still to qualify in the men's RS:X event... [more]

National 12 Gill Series at Grafham SC
By PR,
The journey to Grafham for the National 12 Gill Series didn't look promising as the fog wafted over the car, however the 31 boats were met by building breeze and by launch time a force 2/3 was in play... [more]

Mason and Hextall are Fireball Inland Champs
By PR,
Richard Mason and Simon Hextall came out of the mist and the rain to win the Fireball Inland Championships held at Draycote Water over the weekend of the 13 and 14 October. Sixty-two crews gathered On the same weekend as the great storm 20 years ago, all were greeted by mist and no wind... [more]

Corinthians top the IMS 670 Worlds
By MCC McCamp,
For second time in a row, Spaniard Jesus Pintos Ager, with Navantia (X-37), has won both Overall and Corinthian classifications in the IMS 670 World Championship - Anjoca World Cup 2007, Sanxenxo, Spain... [more]

China Cup International's international entries
By Rob Kothe,,
The IRC racing fleet is approaching 50 yachts, with boats and crews with winning track records from around the world. Sailing on the ten supplied Beneteau 40.7s will be teams from Denmark, France, New Zealand, Australia and Taipei. In addition international crews from Malaysia, South Africa and France will be competing on the China-built one-design sportsboats - the 10m Flying Tiger - built by Hansheng Yachts in Xiamen, China... [more]

Champion Sean O'Rourke to skipper new DartSB3
By Ian Grant,
Former Australian Sabot champion Sean O’Rourke has good reason to be excited about his future career in One Design fleet racing and the highly competitive IRC class ocean racing. The exceptionally talented Mooloolaba Yacht Club sailor who a... [more]

World's Fastest Sailing Woman - New Record
Sjoukje Bredenkamp, 19, from Langebaan, South Africa has broken the outright women's speed sailing record in Luederitz, by sailing her Helix kite at an incredible speed of 42.35 knots, beating the previous record held by windsurfer Karen Yaggi of Switzerland... [more]

Gul RS K6 Nationals 2007 – Hayling Island SC
By RS,
'It’s a bit risky' said some when the decision was taken to have the K6 Nationals as late as October, but it was a risk that paid off. Warm sunshine and 10-12 knots of breeze made late autumn feel like late summer for the three day event at Hayling Island... [more]

Top SportsAid Award For Youth Sailor
RYA Youth Squad newcomer Andrew Brown is keeping his feet on the ground after receiving a prominent award from Britain’s top charity funding young sportspeople... [more]

Purple Marine OK Open Meeting
By Bill Bradburn,
The 2007 South Staffs OK open was to be a frustrating event for all but Neil Goodhead who was clearly the fastest boat on the day. The classic OK trophy, engraved with the names of some of the best sailors in the country over the years, finally finding its way on to his mantlepiece... [more]

'Boys from Brazil' at the China Cup International
By Guy Nowell, Sail World Asia,
The China Cup International Regatta has attracted an impressive entry from around the world, in particular in the Beneteau 40.7 One Design class. Earlier this year the event organisers purchased ten 40.7s in order to seed a one-design racing class at Asia’s newest and China’s very first keelboat regatta.... [more]

Steve Denison wins Solo Northern Traveller Open
By PR,
Twenty two Solo sailors attended the final open meeting of the Solo Northern Traveller circuit and were welcomed by a better-than-forecast light breeze... [more]

Durban 2010 into Salvador first
By PR,
Durban 2010 and Beyond has won the second race of the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race from La Rochelle to Salvador da Bahia. Crossing the finish line at 15:45 UTC today, Tuesday 16 October... [more]

Lewmar's upgraded vertical 'V-series' windlass
By Media Services,
Lewmar's vertical 'V-series' stainless steel windlass for power or sailboats in the 9-metre - 15-metre (30-ft. - 50-ft.) range has been upgraded this season. New styling, increased power control, additional safety features and 'FastFit' technology... [more]

Thompson and Oxley complete TJV qualifier on Pindar
By PR,
Brian Thompson and Will Oxley, co-skippers of new state-of-the-art Open 60 Pindar last night completed their 1000 mile qualifying sail for the Transat Jacques Vabre race. The team is now making last minute preparations before delivering the boat to Le Havre, for the start of the double-handed transatlantic yacht race, which begins on Saturday 3 November... [more]

Mothersele/Ellis win Hill Head RS Feva Fat Face Open
By PR,
Alex Mothersele and Hamish Ellis from Emsworth Slipper SC won the RS Feva Fat Face Open Meeting ahead of a strong fleet of 26 Fevas at Hill Head over last weekend... [more]

Strong international fleet for China Cup
By Rob Kothe,,
If the fleet for the inaugural China Cup International Regatta, which starts on 19 October, is a guide to the future, then this new keel boat regatta is likely to have a significant impact on the Asian and international sailing scene.... [more]

GBR Face-off at Sydney International Regatta
By Di Pearson,
Yachting NSW’s Sydney International Regatta (SIR) is set to showcase the world’s best, on courses mirroring those of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, big fleets are expected in the Finn, 470, 49er and 29er classes at the SIR, as their world titles will be sailed at Sail Melbourne in January, along with the Tornado Asia Pacific Championship, which will boost Tornado numbers too... [more]

Diamonds at first China Cup
By Event Media, China Cup International Regatta,
F-Diamond is the official after-party venue for China Cup International Regatta 2007. Fashion TV announced today that their F-Diamond megayacht (452.8ft) will be the venue of the official China Cup International Regatta After-Party, scheduled for Sunday 21 October in Shenzhen � the first F-Diamond party in China waters.... [more]

Rebuilding George Schuyler's Dream
By Richard Gladwell,,
On the America’s Cup scene the New York Supreme Court Hearing is just a week away. It is simplistic to portray this dispute as a battle between two belligerent billionaires. The situation has been brewing for some time and is created by an inherent weakness in the Deed of Gift. Ever since Fremantle, the entrepreneurs of sailing have been keen to lift the America’s Cup to a higher level – similar to other sports which are controlled by a central body... [more]

US Olympic-Paralympic trial East Coast winners
By Cynthia Goss, US SAILING,
After a 16-race series off Aquidneck Island, in shifty winds that ranged from light and fluky to sustained 18 knots and surfable seas, winners in five classes have been named to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams and are slated to represent the United States at the 2008 Games in China... [more]

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]

2007 China Cup International Regatta
The Inaugural China Cup International Regatta 2007 organised by Chinese Yachting Association and the Executive Authority of the Organizing Committee of the 26th Summer Universiade. The event is run by the Longcheer Yacht Club....
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2007 Garmin Hamble Series
Hamble River SC 07/10/07
The 26th Hamble Winter Series, sponsored for the third consecutive year by Garmin, will commence on Sunday 7 October and continue each weekend until Sunday 2 December...
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Clipper Race 07-08
The Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race started in Liverpool (UK), the 16 September 2007...
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