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12 Nov 2007

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2007 Transat Jacques Vabre

2007 Barcelona World Race


The ISAF selection of catagories for the 2012 Olympics - being held at Weymouth for the London Olympics - captured the headlines when the ISAF Council ignored the reccommendations of the Event committee, who in turn had ignored the Women's committee recommendations.

Thus the keelboat events went in and out of the games as the ISAF various committees studiously ignored each other - you have to wonder why they bother, just cut to the chase.

And when the horse-trading stopped the looser were the Sailing Games and the TV audience (which is how the vast majority will see the sailing). Out went the multihull, out went the proposed new women's Skiff (for which trials have already been held). And back in came the keelboats, after a 470 - Star deal the UKCRA claimed, with the dreaded match race format for the women.

Pushed out of the elimelight was the release of the race rule and schedule for the 33rd America's Cup - but as that is really all in the hands of the the courts in New York, it was always going to be difficult to get anyone to take it seriously.

So good reading and if the weather is suitable, enjoy your sailing.

Gerald New
UK Editor

ISAF - Not Fit For Purpose
By Gerald New,
The latest vote by the ISAF Council to set the categories for the Olympic Sailing events of the 2012 Games to be held at Weymouth, did a deep disservice to the potential for a great and spectacular event in the UK... [more]

USA deal with 470 knocks out Olympic Multihulls
The UK Catamaran Racing Association issued a statement following the vote by the ISAF Council to remove all multihull events from the 2012 Olympic Games to be held in the UK at Weymouth. In this they accused the USA of doing a deal with the 470 class to remove the multihull event... [more]

Clean start for Hugo Boss in Barcelona World Race
By Annabel Merrison,
HUGO BOSS, skippered by Alex Thomson (GBR) and Andrew Cape (AUS), had a clean start in 10 knots of breeze, at the inaugural Barcelona World Race Sunday in Barcelona, Spain - a 25,000 nautical mile race non-stop around the globe... [more]

RYA disappointed by decision of ISAF Council
The RYA issued a statement regarding the decisions taken at the International Sailing Federation Annual Conference in Estoril, Portugal this past week. In the statement the RYA said it was disappointed by the ISAF Council decisions and that they believed that the recommendations of the Events Committee would have moved the sport forwards, and enabled more nations and sailors to take part... [more]

PRB get great start to Barcelona World Race
By Event media,
It was a clean start in light winds as expected at start time for the Barcelona World Race on Sunday with Hugo Boss and PRB set to fly spinnakers and the other boats under gennaker...PRB sailed through the spectator fleet...what a sight, but what a risk!... [more]

Dutch teams lead 17th Aruba Heineken Cat Regatta
By Diana Bogaards,
The first day of the 17th Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta showed tough racing. Not only in terms of sailing conditions, but the competition was also full on. The shifty and gusty wind challenged the 45 competing teams, representing five countries. The Dutchmen Wouter Samama and Sam Frank, sailing a F18 Hobie Tiger, lead the fleet.... [more]

Safran leads Transat Jacques Vabre
By Rivacom - Event media,
The Orma and Imoca are now reaching beautiful seas and all is well aboard the boats, even though the polls that fall every four hours on their screens are an occasion to scrutinize the positions of their opponents, what they do, where they are...... [more]

Hull & Humber and New York battle - Clipper race
By Clipper Event media,
The lead pair of Hull & Humber and New York blasted through the 1000 nautical mile Distance To Finish mark last night. Following a week of steady winds that has provided almost every team with 100+ nautical mile runs every 12-hours, this morning’s schedule indicates the speeds are beginning to drop as the weather system that they have been surfing upon moves away.... [more]

Thomson and Cape prepare for Barcelona World race
By Annabel Merrison,
Alex Thomson and his Australian co-skipper Andrew Cape are making final preparations before the start of the inaugural Barcelona World Race, which starts from Barcelona, Spain at 13:00 CET this Sunday, 11th November. HUGO BOSS is a brand new IMOCA 60, and the boat’s first outing in the Rolex Fastnet Race earlier this year hinted at its obvious potential.... [more]

SailJuice: A retrograde step
By Andy Rice,
So, what to make of the decision in Estoril? Once again some members of ISAF Council have put personal interests ahead of the interests of the sport. I should qualify that. Because this all depends on what you believe the interests of the sport to be. My definition? Doing whatever it takes to grow the appeal of the sport, to make itself as attractive as possible to the next generation... [more]

ISAF votes a new slate of Olympic sailing events
The voting was tight, but in the end the ISAF Council rejected the Events Committee slate and voted in favor of the following ten events for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition... [more]

Tornado and Womens skiff chopped for 2012 Olympics
By Richard Gladwell,
The ISAF Council have overturned the recommendations of the Events Committee and have reinstated the Mens and Womens keelboat event, and in turn dropped the Multihull. The Womens High Performance Skiff which was proposed to be included in the Womens events by the Events Committee has also been dropped to make way for a Womens matchracing keelboat event. The Mens keelboat will remain as a fle... [more]

Is this the America's Cup as we know it?
By Richard Gladwell,
The America’s Cup Competition Regulations run to a numbing 30 pages, coming on the back of a 26 page Protocol and a 47 page Class Rule with Event Regulations to follow. The scenario for the 33rd America’s Cup is predicated on the scenario that costs need to be reduced, the cycle time is short, and a new class needs to be introduced.... [more]

Crew wanted for 47.7 Sydney to Hobart campaign
By Claire Kennard,
Do you want to race in this year's Rolex Sydney to Hobart 2007? There are three crew places onboard the Global Yacht Racing campaign joining a crew of up to fourteen racing a Beneteau 47.7. If you want to be part of the crew on this challenging race send your application to or check out [more]

Peters and Fitzgerald are 29er Inland Champions
By Event media,
James Peters and Ed Fitzgerald are 29er Inland Champions with Phil Walker and John Mather runners up. Fifty-five 29ers (including six from France) arrived at Grafham Water Sailing Club for the annual 29er Inland Championships as part of the Ovington 9er Championships. The wind forecast for the weekend was not good with light northwesterlies expected... [more]

ACM expand on the new AC90 class for 33rd AC
By ACM press release,
At a press conference in Barcelona Thursday, AC Management (ACM), the event authority for the 33rd America's Cup, presented the new Competition Regulations, including the event format and schedule, and elaborated on the new AC90 class.... [more]

33rd America's Cup scheduled for July 18 2009
By PR,
At a press conference in Barcelona today (Thursday), AC Management (ACM), the event authority for the 33rd America's Cup, presented the new Competition Regulations, including the event format and schedule, and elaborated on the new AC90 class. The winner of the Challenger Selection Final becomes the Challenger and goes on to meet Alinghi in the America's Cup Match on the 18 July 2009... [more]

Olympic Musical Chairs for 2012
By Gerald New,
Following the upset decision of the Event Committee in completely overturning the earlier Womens Committee recommendations and dropping keelboats, it is likely that the ISAF Council could take a similar route and also ignore the recommendations that have come down to them this Friday... [more]

Artemis docks in Vigo 40 hours after dismasting
By PR,
Jonny Malbon and co-skipper Graham Tourell on Artemis Ocean Racing, the boat sponsored by Artemis Investment Management, arrived in Vigo, Spain on Thursday at 08:00, nearly 40 hours after dismasting in the Transat Jacques Vabre race... [more]

Brits suffer in Transat Jacques Vabre
Passing Cape Finisterre in 35/40 knots of wind was as stressful as enjoyable for the sailors and some Brits suffered in the strong winds. Not only the dismasting of the Artemis Open 60, skippered by Jonny Malbon and Graham Tourell but others have also struggled in the conditions, including Aviva and Pindar 40... [more]

Kit Stenhouse victory at Musto Skiff Inlands
Grafham Water were once again hosts to the annual combined classes Ovington Inland championships. In the Musto Skiff class, 20 competitors took part and in a very close series, Kit Stenhouse beat out Dan Vincent and Daniel Henderson for the title... [more]

ISAF Committee dumps both Keelboats
By ISAF /,
The ISAF Events Committee is tasked with recommending to the ISAF Council the events to be used for the Olympic Sailing Competition. In their meeting today (Wednesday) they ruled out Women's Keelboat match racing, and then the Men's keelboat - this would remove the Yngling and the Star - and all keelboat racing from the Olympics for the first time... [more]

Martin and Neale Jones are I-14 Inland Champs
Grafham Water were once again hosts to the annual combined classes Ovington Inland championships. In the International 14 class Martin and Neale Jones of HISC won three of the four races completed on Saturday to take the title... [more]

Evans and Hopson win 49er Ovington Inlands
Grafham Water were once again hosts to the annual combined classes Ovington Inland championships. In the 49er class, 18 competitors took part with David Evans and Alex Hopson eventually taking victory in a close battle with John Pink and Simon Wheeler - 49er Images courtesy of Photoblink... [more]

Paul Cayard updates from Valencia
By Paul Cayard,
I have been here in Valencia for 3 weeks now. My new job as Sports Director of Desafio Español has been keeping me busy. Desafio has a good base from which to start the challenge for the 33rd America's Cup; two good ACC boats, a fully staffed and operational base... [more]

Magnitude 80 misses Cabo record by 57 minutes
By Rick Roberts,
Doug Baker’s Andrews 80 turbo-sled Magnitude 80, crossed the finish line Tuesday afternoon off Cabo Falso in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico as the first to finish the 2007 Long Beach to Cabo San Lucas International Yacht Race.... [more]

Leroy and Baird are ISAF Sailors of the Year
By Richard Gladwell,
It has just been announced in Portugal that Claire LeRoy (FRA) has been named Female Sailor of the Year, and Ed Baird (USA) the Male Sailor of the Year. Leroy is the pre-eminent womens matchracer and along with her Ideactor Team, she has been the 1 skipper on the ISAF Women’s World Match Race Rankings since May 2005. Baird was the helmsman of Alinghi, winners of the 32nd America’s Cup... [more]

2007 Asian International Sports Boat Championships
By Event Media,
With the north-east monsoon well established, the Asian International Sportsboat Championships to be held in Hong Kong 11-16 November looks set to be a fantastic regatta. Boats have come from afar afield as Seattle and New Zealand with kind sponsorship from Maersk Line. The line-up includes an array of designs including a Shaw 6.5 Turbo and a Shaw 7; there will be several Magic 25’s making up the... [more]

Half-Full, Half-Empty at B14 Inland Championship
By Event media,
Barnes and Nicholson in Seavolution/Blue Marine won a very hard fought Inlands by the skin of their teeth - The B14 Circus arrived at Grafham Water for their Inland Championship to be sailed in conjunction with events for the Musto Skiff, 49er and International 14 classes. Only one day was completed but plenty of incident - for a Half-Full, Half-Empty B14 Inlands... [more]

Artemis dismasted and out of Transat Jacques Vabre
By Event Media,
The British IMOCA Open 60, skippered by Jonny Malbon and Graham Tourell, was sailing in 35 knots of breeze when the boat dismasted - occurred at around 14:20 GMT Tuesday. Both skippers were on deck at the time... [more]

Student Yachting World Cup 2007 – Welsh Tales
By Peter Bentley,
Representing your country at a world class event is, as they say, a great honour. Representing someone else’s country seems to be equally acceptable in America’s Cup circles, as Welsh Uni student Peter Bentley reports.... [more]

SailJuice Olympic Survey Results: Finn/Yngling out
By Andy Rice,
We asked you this question: 'ISAF has to cut the 11 Events for China 2008 down to just 10 for Weymouth 2012. Which Event should ISAF eliminate from the Olympic Games?' In answer to that question, 28.8% voted to eliminate the Men’s Heavyweight Dinghy. In second place, next favourite for elimination was the Women’s Keelboat with 21.1% of the vote... [more]

'Clueless' Lost Sailor Found
By Frank Urquhart,,
In some parts of the world, authorities are already demanding a minimum standard of seaworthiness before allowing departure, and this could turn into a future trend. The latest story, from Scotland, is different from many because it involves the proactive involvement of rescue organisations before a problem developed.... [more]

Paulien Eitjes (NZL) wins Blind Sailing Worlds
By Rachael Cox,
Gigi led for the first two legs by two boat lengths with slightly better boat speed to cover his opponent, however on the last windward leg was slightly wide at the top mark and Eitjes coming in on port was able to get inside to round the mark ahead and maintain the lead to the finish.... [more]

Final season outing for International Canoes
By Phil Allen,
With those competitors entering the IC Worlds in Australia already on their way, Oxford SC saw a depleted fleet of 16 boats round the 2007 season off. Robin Wood won all three AC races held back to back and Bob Austin won the Development class... [more]

America's Cup: Spanish plead 'Guilty as Charged'
By Richard Gladwell,
In the hearings before Justice Herman Cahn in the New York Supreme Court, Golden Gate YC's attorney, James Kearney, argued before the New York court that the CNEV 'is not a club of sail'. This assertion is now apparently shared by Vice President of RFEV, Manuel Chirivella, who admitted that: 'The CNEV (Spanish YC) is a legal adjustment' that was made to introduce the 'Challenge.'... [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]

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