The America's Cup went to court in New York and unless someone blinks we will all have to wait for that decision - sometime in the next couple of weeks.
Also pending and of more interest to those involved in the dinghy end of sailing is the ISAF meeting to change the Olympic categories from 11 to 10 for the 2012 Games in the UK.
Just to play devil's advocate I have posted a piece on a slightly more sweeping change to the existing boats and suggest they are cut to eight, plus more competitors and an end of event match race - along the lines of the athletics relay races.
Plus all the usual reports and results . . .
Enjoy your sailing Gerald New UK Editor
Olympic 2012 classes - cut them to 8 By Gerald new, Over on his SailJuice website, Andy Rice, has kicked off a survey on the Olympic sailing classes for the 2012 event in Weymouth. The ISAF is to choose the ten categories this November, dropping from the present eleven. So I thought I would take a look at a selection that refocuses the sailing events... [more]
Swan Song race for Liverpool Yacht Club fleet By Richard Baldwin, Liverpool Yacht club staged a 'Swan Song' race on Sunday 28 October, marking the last days racing at Liverpool ahead of the marina’s five month lock gate maintenance period... [more]
Big decisions for Alpha Global Expedition By Adrian Flanagan, Today marks the second anniversary of my departure from the shores of southern England on the Alpha Global Expedition, my quest to take a 40-foot yacht on a vertical circumnavigation. At the outset I knew the challenges would be severe.... [more]
And you thought the London Olympics had problems By Lauren Williamson/Sail-World Cruising, Winning the right to host the Olympic Games frequently causes stresses within the winning community as the city struggles to compromise between the challenges of staging Olympic events and keeping the local population happy. It's starting right now in Chicago, and they won't even know until October 2009 whether they will host the 2016 Summer Games or not... [more]
Qingdao leads Clipper Race - Hull and Humber back By Event media, The Chinese Clipper, Qingdao has extended its lead in the leg from Salvador to Durban. Qingdao had a 37 mile lead at the 06:00hrs check, ahead of Uniquely Singapore with Glasgow in third place, 43 miles behind the leader... [more]
America's Cup: Who's that practising with Russell? By Paul Lewis, Herald on Sunday, The America's Cup continues to teeter between compromise and court action, but there are some sailing developments - including BMW Oracle's seeming capture of hotshot young Australian skipper James Spithill - which promote the notion there could yet be racing sooner rather than later... [more]
ECOVER takes second in TJV Prologue By PR, Racing for the first time since its launch, the new Ecover secured second place in the first prologue race to the Transat Jacques Vabre. At 10:00 BST this morning the monohull fleet (18 Open 60's and 36 Open 40's) left the Paul Vatine Bassin and headed out to a course in Seine Bay... [more]
Pindar 40 first Pogo 40 in TJV Prologue Race By PR, Pindar 40, the Class 40 skippered by Jo Royle and Alexia Barrier was today the first ‘Pogo 40’ Class 40 and 11th overall to cross the finish line in the Transat Jacques Vabre Prologue Race... [more]
Hull & Humber crewman in medivac to warship By Event media, Sam Willis, the crew member on Hull & Humber in the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race who was transferred to a Brazilian Navy warship to medivac him because of a suspected grumbling appendix is recovering after being examined in hospital in Brazil... [more]
New 90ft AC rule released Wednesday By PR, The America's Cup stand-off continued with a statement from ACM following a Competitor's Meeting on Friday to discuss the new 90ft Class rule. ACM indicated that they welcomed any other challenger to come and join the process for the last few days of Class Rules development - which is to be released Wednesday... [more]
Slam Racing Evolution wins comparative test By slamanz.com, Voiles et Voiliers, the French monthly magazine with the largest circulation for the sailing sector, has published a technical feature which compares 15 oilskins from the best known brands (Agile, All mer, Bermudes, Cotton, Gill, Helly Hansen, Henry Lloyd, Jeantex, Marinepool, Murphy & Nye, Musto, Prorainer, SLAM, Tribord and XM).... [more]
An epic race draws slowly to a close By Event Media, The Rolex Middle Sea Race 2007 just refuses to draw to a close. This exceptional race that has witnessed many different stories of success and misfortune has almost taken on a life of its own. Windsong (GBR), Nord Star (RUS) and Muzyka (ITA) all finished last night between 2AM and 2.50AM.... [more]
Images from the Star class by Fried Elliott By Fried Elliott, We reported on the Star class European Championship back in September. At the time no images were available, but these great shots from Fred Elliott have now appeared on the Star Association website... [more]
Pindar Open 60 dismasted before Transat JV By Kate Fairclough, Pindar, the Open 60 built and owned by print and electronic media company Pindar, last night dismasted off the coast of Le Havre, France. It is the second time she has been dismasted.... [more]
Call for America’s Cup to go ahead in Valencia By BMW Oracle Racing Media, The Golden Gate Yacht Club will agree to comprehensive new compromises to get the America’s Cup back on track for Valencia in 2009 if the defender will disclose its rule for the boats’ design. 'We are looking forward to putting this dispute about the rules behind us and racing for the America’s Cup in 2009 in Valencia as planned.... [more]
Foggy day at Frensham Pond for Lark Open By Stephen Videlo, Stephen and Chris Videlo won a tricky Frensham Pond Open Meeting last weekend. After a postponement two races were sailed in glorious sunshine but very little wind. Fifteen boats arrived to thick fog soon clearing into bright sunshine and a distinct lack of wind... [more]
The Transat 2008 - a new Title Partner By OC Events, OC Events have signed a new title partnership agreement with Artemis Investment Management, one of the UK’s leading investment management companies. The 13th edition of The Transat, to be known as The Artemis Transat will start 11th May, 2008 from Sutton Harbour, Plymouth (UK), and finish in Boston, USA.... [more]
Paralympic selectors get tough - trials extended By Sail-World, The RYA's Paralympic Selection Committee has announced a second phase of trials for the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. The trials in the three Paralympic classes will be extended to include regatta results from two events in the USA in early 2008... [more]
J/105’s at the Garmin Hamble Winter Series By PR, Reports from two weeks of racing for the J105 fleet at the Garmin Winter Series. Diablo-J (Nick Martin) was the only one to appear in the top three on both weekends, winning race 2 and then finishing third in race 3. Joleyn (Geoff Payne) was the winner of race 3.... [more]
Nick Cherry wins UK National Match Racing By PR, Nick Cherry fought off tough competition in early flights, including sailing legend Ben Ainslie, recently announced as the 2009 America’s Cup Team Origin skipper, to secure the UK National Match Racing crown, a great victory for a second year running... [more]
Loki Not On Tour Anymore, its on the beach By Cameron Miles, We have lost the boat on the northern shore of the Sicilian coastline, she is lying on a sandy beach with some rocks surrounding her. The keel snapped off about three feet down from the top, no doubt after hitting the beach. When we left her Tuesday morning her stern was lying on a large rock chewing a massive hole in the transom.... [more]
Junior Finn sailors speak out By Robert Deaves, International Finn Association, Many up and coming young Finn sailors have set their hopes on 2012...with a little help from their friends Across the world, Finn sailing among juniors is at an all time high. The recently concluded Junior Finn World Championships – for the Jorg Bruder Silver Cup – in Moscow attracted a record number of 50 young sailors from 18 nations.... [more]
British Airways bans windsurfers and surfboards By RYA, With effect from 6 November, 2007, British Airways has announced that it will no longer carry certain items of sporting equipment – including windsurfers... [more]
RS Vareo Inland Championships at Rutland SC By PR, The 2007 Vareo National Championships were held at Rutland SC on the 20 and 21 October. Mark Williams not only convincingly won the Inland Trophy but showed exceptional consistency in difficult conditions. Nigel Tinkler was 2nd, Chris Larr was 3rd and Martin Barrett 4th... [more]
Cork Week launches On-Line entry By PR, Drawing on years of experience, both as a competitor at and organiser of events, Dave Meagher, Chairman of the Cork Week Race Committee, has designed an on-line entry system for next year’s event, which takes place from July 12 to 18 2008... [more]
Clippers off to Durban 4100 miles to go By Clipper Event, Nova Scotia was first over the line at the start of Race 3 from Salvador to Durban (4100) The ten boats opted for their largest headsails, the Yankee 1 and Yankee 2, as they headed towards Durban on their second transatlantic race of the ten-month series.... [more]
Kiwi OK Dinghy sailors honour their heroes By Robert Deaves, OKDIA. www.okdia.org, Two of the greatest OK Dinghy sailors ever to emerge from New Zealand were honoured at the weekend at Takapuna Boating Club in Auckland by being inducted into the OK Dinghy Hall of Fame. During the ceremony, Leith Armit (NZL) and the late Clive Roberts (NZL) became the latest names to be added to the ultimate who’s who of OK Dinghy class heroes.... [more]
Yves Le Blevec victorious in 2007 Transat 6.50 By Thierry Martinez, Images of Yves Le Blevec (Fra) victory in 2007 Transat 6.50 . Yves arrived on board his boat 'ACTUAL' in Salvadore de Bahia (Brazil), winner of leg 2 and overall winner... [more]
Impressions from the America's Cup Hearing By John Rousmaniere, The first thing that should be said about the hearing in the America’s Cup law suit on October 22 is that it provided solid evidence that, despite recent appearances, the world does not revolve around the Cup and its travails.... [more]
Images from 18ft Skiff Open at Hayling Island By Chris Bashall, Chris Bashall got these shots from the 18ft Skiff Open at Hayling Island SC this past weekend - Victory went to Mason Woodworth with Dave Brown and Simon Hamilton... [more]
Spithill triumphs at Rolex Osprey Cup By Dana Paxton, Australia’s Katie Spithill, along with crew Nina Curtis, Jessica Eastwell and Kristen Short, won the 2007 Rolex Osprey Cup – one of only two ISAF Grade 1 women’s match racing events in the U.S. – held at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, from October 18-21.... [more]
CEO of Voller Heading for the ARC By Des Ryan, Stephen Voller, CEO of Voller Energy, doesn't just sit in an office dreaming up new energy efficient fuel cell ideas. He is about to sail from Lisbon to Gran Canaria as part of the crew for the final training leg prior to the ARC Rally. Voller Energy’s Emerald yacht, a Beneteau 411, will be first yacht in the World to cross the Atlantic with a fuel cell system running off LPG, Propane or Calor Gas... [more]
China Cup International Regatta makes waves By Rob Kothe, Sail-World.com, The newest keel boat regatta on the world sailing scene, the China Cup International Regatta is making waves. The inaugural China Cup International Regatta was sailed from October 19 to 21 2007 in Shenzhen, China just a few hours north of Hong Kong.... [more]
Fisher's View - America's Cup - The Court Rules By Bob Fisher, Judge Herman Cahn of the New York State Supreme Court heard verbal evidence from both sides in the America’s Cup dispute and adjourned the court for a few days before making his decision, at the same time urging both to continue the process of negotiation on which they have already embarked.... [more]
Rooster 8.1 grows up - First championship By Event media, You can always rely on Steve Cockerill to came up with something different, and putting a new rig into the ubiquitous Laser hull was radical, even for Steve. This is an Olympic class, both in its Standard and Radial forms, just about everyone has had a Laser, or at least sailed one, at some time. Laser had produced the Radial, the 4.7 - Steve went the contrary direction, he added more sail area!... [more]
A rescue and a record for the Rolex Middle Sea By Rolex Event Media, Two stories of dramatically contrasting fortune have unfolded over the past 24-hours of the 2007 Rolex Middle Sea Race. Both stories ended happily. Both could have ended quite differently. In one, an American crew defied the elements to destroy a seven-year old course record. In the second, an Australian crew were rescued from their yacht as she threatened to founder on the wind-lashed northern co... [more]
RYA National Ranking Series winners crowned By RYA, The RYA Olympic Classes National Ranking Series drew to a close this weekend, with both seasoned campaigners and young guns clinching victories after the final event of the three-weekend Series at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy... [more]
RS400 Fat Face Eurocup and Irish Nationals By PR, After several years of sailing at Greystones SC and more recently at Skerries the RS400 Irish Nationals made their way north of the border to enjoy the excellent hospitality of the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club on the shores of Belfast Loch. The three days of racing October 12-14 was of course also the final round of the Fat Face Euro Cup... [more]
Golding talks about his hopes for the TJV By PR, Mike Golding and co-skipper Bruno Dubois on Ecover 3 are setting off on the required 1000 miles qualifier for the TJV. Later they will line up against the biggest and most competitive IMOCA Open 60 monohull field ever to be assembled... [more]
Fat Face RS200 Irish Nationals By Pete Vincent, The Fat Face RS200 Eurocup and Patterson Millar Irish Nationals were a resounding success over the long weekend of Oct 12th-14th. The hosts, Royal North of Ireland YC, were terrific hosts providing a very warm welcome, a wonderful setting and first class race management... [more]
Garmin Autumn Championships and Winter Series By Peter Danby, Despite the wind finding it hard to get up early in the morning, the Hamble River Sailing Club race officers successfully started a total of 47 races to provide an excellent weekend of racing for 15 classes at the Garmin Autumn Championships and Garmin Hamble Winter Series, Day 3... [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]
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]
US Championship of Champions By Lynn Fitzpatrick, Regatta Report, Rodriguez leads going into the Final Races of the US Championship of Champions... [more]
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