Main stories in the past week have been the America's Cup and the release of the design details for the new 90ft class, the choice of classes for the 2012 Olympic Games and just this past weekend the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre from Le Havre, France to Bahia, Brazil.
You will find all these and more covered in the articles attached below.
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David Wadsworth's Audacious wins Charity Pursuit By Peter danby, It has now become the tradition to hold Hamble River Sailing Club's annual Charity Pursuit Race on the middle Sunday of the Garmin Hamble Winter Series, and a reasonable quorum of boats motored out to the starting area despite an obvious lack of wind... [more]
Matt Aston is Contender Inland Champ again By Ben Holden, Matt Aston retained his Contender Inland title with an impressive set of results, including three wins, following a hard fought championship in some extreme conditions at the traditional end of season climax at Rutland SC... [more]
Groupama leads Multihull TJV start from Le Havre By Sail-world.com/uk, The start for the 13 multihulls (5 ORMA, 8 Class 50) of the Transat Jacques Vabre from Le Havre, France to Bahia, Brazil got away in a northerly 3 knots of wind today, Sunday... [more]
Marco Kaller - Sailor and Marine Artist By Sail-World.com/uk, The Dutch artist Marco Kaller has devoted himself to maritime art. Originally trained in commercial design and working in theatre set design he eventually turned to a mixture of teaching and interior design. During this time he started to paint, mainly in the evenings and at night, since he was too embarrassed to paint during the day... [more]
Gitana 80 and Generali lead TJV Sunday morning By Sail-World.com/uk, Loick Peyron and Jean Levaillant on Gitana Eighty, Yan Elies and Sébastien Audigane on Generali, together with Bernard Stamm and Tanguy Cariou, Chiminee Poujoulat, are the three boats leading the Transat Jacques Vabre on day two for the monohulls... [more]
CST Composites wins 18 footers Mick Scully Trophy By Frank Quealy, Chris Dixon, Greg Dixon and Justin Healey were clearly the masters of the 15-18knot westerly wind on Sydney Harbour today when they brought their skiff CST Composites home an easy winner of the Mick Scully Trophy race.... [more]
Day Three - World Blind Match Racing Championships By Rachael Cox, In the first race of the day the Israeli team of Eitam Israeli and 15 year old Oran Almog ranked third met the Italian team of DianaTromboni and Egidio Carantini ranked seventh, with the Israeli team sailing well in the lighter conditions out maneovering their opponent.... [more]
Perth wins 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships By ISAF, ISAF President Göran Petersson said: 'Perth is a fantastic and proven sailing venue which will provide Olympic sailing with an exceptional and unique arena. ISAF is looking forward to working with the management team at the Western Australia 2011 Organizing Committee.'... [more]
Ecover leads from line at TJV start By Sail-World.com/uk, Ecover led across the starting line of the 8th Transat Jacques Vabre, as 47 monohulls headed for Bahia (Brazil) from Le Havre. After two hours racing Groupe Bel of Kito de Pavant and Sebastien Col lead a close pack... [more]
Barcelona fleet is complete, Race Village is open By Event Media, The entire Barcelona World Race fleet of nine IMOCA Open 60 class yachts is now dockside in the Port of Barcelona. With the arrival of Hugo Boss overnight Wednesday, the fleet is complete. And with Race Village officially opened by the Mayor of Barcelona on Thursday, the excitement on the Moll de la Fusta is growing daily.... [more]
Olympic Truce Resolution wins UN support By International Olympic Committee, With 10 months remaining until the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the 62nd Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York City has adopted the Olympic Truce Resolution.... [more]
Pack chase down Clipper leaders Qingdao & New York By PR, The stronger winds that benefited Nova Scotia and Jamaica yesterday has spread further east and now the whole fleet are enjoying some good speeds in a strengthening breeze. With the exception of the two leading boats, Qingdao and New York, everybody has logged more than 110 nautical miles run in the 12 hours overnight... [more]
Medway forming new RS-K6 keelboat fleet By Steve Davis, The Medway YC is keen to start a new RS-K6 keelboat fleet. So, if you are based in the Medway area and are looking for some exciting sailing get in touch - Only forty minutes from London, and just five from the Medway tunnel, so there’s no long trek to the south coast... [more]
SailJuice.com: Crew weights in the Olympic classes By Andy Rice, This is Part 4 of a series of articles running on www.sailjuice.com looking at the Events and Equipment that will be contesting the Olympic Sailing Regatta in Weymouth in 2012.... [more]
Garmin - Fortis Exel moves up in Big Boat series By Peter Danby, Agne Nilsson's 'Fortis Exel' has been declared the winner of the Gamin Hamble Big Boat Series, 45' level racing, and 'Freddie Freeloader' sailed by Eamonn O'Nolan and Michelle Brachette moves down to second place after results mix-up at Garmin Big Boat Series... [more]
Surprises on Day One of Blind Match Racing Champs By David Staley, The first three heats were very much as expected with the top three ranked teams comfortably winning their matches. Luigi Bertanza (ITA) sailed away from Kylie Forth (AUS) at the start and was never headed, as did Alessandro Malapiero (ITA) over Diana Tromboni (ITA).... [more]
Rohan Veal World Record - the Jo Verne Trophy? By Rohan Veal, And so of course the yachties here have an 'around the world' sailing record, or known locally as the 'Jo Verne Trophy' (named after the guy invented it), not to be confused with the 'Jules Verne Trophy' which is the award offered to the fastest lap of the planet (not the world).... [more]
GGYC outlines America's Cup compromise deal By Jane Eagleson, BMW Oracle media, The American team has told challengers it is ready to agree to wide-ranging new compromise proposals on remaining protocol issues as covered in meetings last week once it can confirm for itself that the design rule developed by Alinghi is fair for all competitors.... [more]
ISAF Cans World Cup of Sailing format By Sail-World.Com/uk, The ISAF has dropped the concept of a World Cup of Sailing, following failure to agree the format with the Grade 1 event organisers. Instead the Executive Committee agreed to prepare a proposal to hold the ISAF Sailing World Championships every two years - compared to the current every four years... [more]
RORC withdraws IRM rating rule By RORC, The RORC has issued a statement concerning the IRM rating rule - After seven years, the RORC has decided that the IRM rating rule will be withdrawn with effect from 31 December 2007... [more]
470 looking like the fall-guy at ISAF meeting By Gerald New, With the voting method that has been proposed for the forthcoming November ISAF meeting to decide the categories for the 2012 sailing events in Weymouth, the 470 could be on the way out. With the solitary keelboat category likely to remain, the inclusion of two, two person dinghy categories would be vulnerable to one being dropped... [more]
Top designer analyses new America's Cup class By Richard Gladwell, The new AC 90 rule has been published, and reveals a boat which is at the lower end of the displacement range, indicating that the new class will be significantly faster downwind than the boat used in the 2007 America’s Cup, but with similar upwind speed. Sail area is expected to be significantly greater in the new class, and this will also increase downwind speed.... [more]
New America's Cup boat rule - AC90 - is released By ACM, AC Management, as scheduled, published the AC90 Rule on Thursday. The new rule has been put together over the past six weeks through a design consultation process with all entered challengers, the Defender, and headed by Tom Schnackenberg as the class rule and competition regulations consultant for ACM... [more]
First RS-K6 Event in America on Long Island Sound By PR, Seven UK crews, seventeen US RS-K6’s to race, breeze between ten and twenty five knots, twenty degree sunshine, fifteen races in three days, a rugby world cup final, and all within sight of the Manhattan sky line . . . quite a cocktail... [more]
Ericsson Racing sign Britain’s Jules Salter By PR, Ericsson Racing Team has signed Britain’s Jules Salter as navigator to its internationally crewed entry in the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09. The skipper, Torben Grael from Brazil, was appointed last week, and the two watch captains Stu Bannatyne and Brad Jackson, both from New Zealand, have been with the team since the start of the campaign... [more]
New Gul high performance Code Zero drysuit By PR, Gul International is adding a new, high performance Code Zero drysuit to its comprehensive range of dinghy apparel this winter. The new drysuit is the latest addition to Gul’s innovative Code Zero range and will be available from all reputable chandleries from December... [more]
America's Cup - the debate with Hamish Ross - 2 By Richard Gladwell, In the second part of the discussion with Hamish Ross, General Counsel for Alinghi, we looked at the report on Monday, out of South Africa that further delay in settling the America’s Cup dispute would affect the financial viability of the teams that had entered, and others who are in the wings.... [more]
Can you afford to go to the Olympics? By Gerald New, This week Andy Rice continued his investigation into the Olympic classes and looked at the cost of the boats, gear and campaigning in an Olympic class, with some surprising results - Apparently plumping for the cheapest boat, the Laser does not produce the saving that might be imagined... [more]
Fireball Youth Championships at King George By PR, The fireball fleet enjoyed good breeze and close racing over the 27/28 October for the annual Youth Championships and combined the Open Meeting at King George Sailing Club - Winners of the Open were Matt Mee/Richard Wagstaff and Youth Champions are Peter Gray/Simon Forbes... [more]
Solo – End of Season Championships 2007 By PR, Despite feeling unwell and not contesting the final race, Stuart Hydon won the Solo class End of Season event held at Draycote Water last weekend. The racing was extremely close, with Hamish Gledhill and Ian Barnett finishing just one point back to take second and third respectively.... [more]
Finn class celebrates 2 years of expansion program By Robert Deaves,, This November, the International Finn Association (IFA) is celebrating two years of its international development programme. The Finn International Development Support (FIDeS) programme was established in 2005 in response to a need from sailors from nations across the world where Finn sailing was beginning to emerge onto the international stage... [more]
Elan’s new 450 with Twin Rudders WOWS Genoa Show By Gael Moldan, The new Rob Humphreys' Elan 450 Cruiser/Racer with twin rudders attracted buyers from all over Europe at the recent Genoa Boat Show. Positioned right at the front, in more ways than one, Elan premiered their latest exciting model /prototype with phenomenal positive feedback from the public. Four 450’s were sold on the spot. More encouraging offers followed... they do know how to do it!... [more]
Images from the B14 TT at Weymouth By Tom Gruitt, The B14 circus, consisting of 18 boats, rolled up to the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy for their TT event. Winners were CSC, Chris Bines and Dave Gibbons... [more]
B14 circus rolled into Weymouth for TT By PR, CSC sailed by Chris Bines/Dave Gibbons won the B14 TT at Weymouth - The B14 circus, consisting of 18 boats, rolled up to the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy to share the weekend with the Laser 4000s. They were greeted with a building biting 18 - 27 knot breeze from the SW and overcast sky... [more]
Whyte and Mackay classic whisky cocktail By PR, Whyte and Mackay celebrate their sponsorship of the Earls Court Boat Show with a special Whisky Cocktail - The Spirit of the Water - made using Whyte & Mackay’s famous blended Special whisky, double matured to ensure a beautifully balanced taste... [more]
Garmin Hamble Big Boat Series - Final weekend By Peter Danby, Following on from the first two days of the Garmin Hamble Big Boat Series held on 13 and 14 October, the ten race series was completed with more intensive racing on 27 and 28 October. Winners - Freddie Freeloader, Eamonn O'Nolan & Michelle Brachette - Fidessa Fastwave, Jerry Otter... [more]
Light winds for opening 18ft Skiff race in Sydney By Frank Quealey, Hugh Stodart, Niall Kinch and Paul Schulz again showed their light wind skills when they steered Asko Appliances home an easy winner in Race 1 of the Australian 18 Footers League's Club Championship on Sydney Harbour... [more]
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