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19 Nov 2007

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2007 America's Cup


2007 Garmin Hamble Series

Gear & Gadgets

Clipper 07-08 Round the World Race

2007 Transat Jacques Vabre

2007 Barcelona World Race


Welcome to the latest Newsletter for the UK.

The ISAF decision to remove the multihull event from the Olympics and reject the women's skiff as an event, while retaining the keelboat events and ignoring IOC recommendations and their own Event Committee, continues to draw criticism.

Running it close is the America's Cup - will they won't they - story. It seems the official challengers can only stand and watch as the two billionaires strut their stuff.

Read it all here on

Gerald New
UK Editor

Paprec-Virbac 2 leads Barcelona World Race
By Lou Newlands - OC Events,
Paprec-Virbac 2 is projecting an ETA of noon GMT on Monday to pass through the second scoring gate at the Canary Islands. The middle of the leaderboard was given a good shake-up overnight as Veolia Environnement, Delta Dore and Hugo Boss all used a westerly position to sail around Estrella Damm and Temenos II.... [more]

Images from the Garmin Hamble Winter Series
By Peter Danby,
All racing on Day 6 of the Garmin Hamble Winter Series was cancelled, due to adverse weather conditions... [more]

Holmberg, Presti, Cian and Richard advance to Semi
By Yvonne Reid,
Despite persistent rain squalls and enormous 2 metre seas in the course area, progress continued today at the Victoria Brasil Sailing Cup, with three more teams moving ahead into tomorrow’s World Match Racing Tour Round 14 Semi-Final Stage 5 of the competition.... [more]

Doldrums ending for Imoca fleet - TJV
By Rivacom,
The front runners of the Imoca fleet are out of the doldrums. Foncia is leading the fleet by eight short miles, with by VM Matériaux (second) at her west and Cheminées Poujoulat (third) on her heels. Safran is fourth in the east, fifth is Ecover.... [more]

eMailbag - Multihull Olympic controversy builds
By Various correspondents,
The controversy over the dropping of the Multihull event from the Olympics continues to build. One of the countries in the centre of the controversy is New Zealand, who are part of Area L, and who did not vote for the Multihull event, while the other Area L representative, from Australia, did so. Questions must also be asked of US Sailing who put forward submissions supporting the multihull event... [more]

Clipper fleet berthed in Durban
By Clipper Event media,
Nine of the Clipper fleet are now berthed in Durban Marina having completed Leg 2 in the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race. Overnight crowds welcomed who arrived just ahead of the home favourite, Durban 2010 and Beyond at the end of the gruelling race across the south Atlantic.... [more]

Dee Caffari answers some tough questions
By Dee Caffari,
Dee Caffari answers some tough questions on her performance in the TJV - Am I sailing outside my comfort zone? - Sailing under spinnaker in a big sea, with a building breeze was quite nerve racking on my scale and I have never pushed a spinnaker that hard before... [more]

Ronstan A-Cat Worlds - Fifth title for Glenn Ashby
By Tom Siders,
Racing conditions for the last day of the 2007 Ronstan A-Cat World Championship turned out to be pretty severe. The event that was building up to be a 'Clash of Champions' on the final day of racing has been decided by a blow out, the wind that is. Glenn Ashby thus took his fifth world title, ahead of Lars Guck and Pete Melvin... [more]

Global Warming Alarm for Caribbean Boaters
By Jasmin Garraway,
The Director for Sustainable Tourism for the Association of Caribbean States has sounded an alarm on the effects of global warming and rising sea levels on boating in the Caribbean.... [more]

Racing resumes at Brasil Sailing Cup
By Yvonne Reid,
An early morning start and moderating breeze allowed for the completion of a full eleven flights of racing today in the Vitoria Brasil Sailing Cup, the 14th stage on the ’06-’07 World Match Racing Tour. Magnus Holmberg (SWE) of Victory Challenge and Paolo Cian (ITA) of Team Shosholosa were winners of their respective groups in Stage 1.... [more]

America's Cup deadline passes in New York
By Richard Gladwell,
The deadline from the Defender Societe Nautique de Geneve, requiring the withdrawal of the lawsuit by Golden Gate YC has passed in New York, with no announcement yet of further action by SNG. The deadline passed at 1100hrs NZT which was the time set by the Defender of 1700hrs in New York on 16th November.... [more]

Barcelona fleet heads to the Atlantic Ocean
By Lou Newlands - Oc Events,
The question facing the skippers is how far west to go as they set up for the next scoring gate at the Canary Islands. The 'rhumb line' (shortest distance to next mark) is not necessarily the fastest route. The current forecasts seem to be enticing the bulk of the fleet further west. Paprec-Virbac 2, the lead boat, is positioned furthest west and that seems to have paid as it leads PRB by 11 miles... [more]

IMOCA fleet fight for lead - Transat Jacques Vabre
By Rivacom,
As for the Doldrums lottery, Foncia has an advantage, still, as after heading slightly more west yesterday. However, we need to wait for a few more hours to see in what condition the boats at her east -- Cheminées Poujoulat, Safran, Ecover 3 and Groupe Bel -- will exit the area. They are sailing close enough in lateral with Foncia to be able to run the extra miles and catch up with the leaders.... [more]

Hull & Humber first but New York win Durban leg
By Event media,
After 23 days and 4,200 miles of thrilling ocean racing, line honours in Race 3 of the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race go to Hull & Humber. They crossed the line just six minutes ahead of New York... [more]

America's Cup - That's a No then!
Alinghi has turned down the joint proposal issued by the GGYC, BMW Oracle and three challengers: Team Origin, Team New Zealand and Team Shosholoza, covering all outstanding points on the rules so that the event could go ahead in 2009. The proposal covered all outstanding points on the rules, including the dropping of the call for two-boat testing... [more]

Australia keen to see Multihull decision revisited
By Lara Watts,
Yachting Australia has expressed both disappointment and concern over the decision taken last week by the ISAF Council to drop the Multihull from the list of events for the 2012 London Olympic Games.... [more]

ISAF - We have to stop meeting like this
By Gerald New,
It was great while it lasted, the wining and dining, the fleeting alliances, the highly charged meetings with the sailing world's media hanging on their every vote and there were plenty of those. The forty members of the ISAF Council held the future of sailing in the Olympic Games in their hands... [more]

Raja Muda 2007 - long legs and long nights
By Guy Nowell, Sail World Asia,
There’s no doubt about it, the Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta is different. This is the only regatta in Asia that offers three offshore passage races, two days of cans racing, a trishaw race and stopovers in four different ports. More than half the entries this year have been here before – some of them many times – and that’s a compliment to the status and popularity of the event.... [more]

Asian Sportsboats Champs - day 2
By Steve Bourne, HK Sportsboats Assoc,
Day 2 of the Maersk Lines-sponsored Asian International Sportsboat Championships was held in near perfect conditions with 15 kts of breeze, clear blue skies, and 25 degrees with a 2-3 m swell. The fleet started race 3 in a short chop on a triangle-sausage course... [more]

Final day at 17th Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta
By Diana Bogaards,,
On Thursday morning, three possible winning crews sailed off Palm Beach for the final race of the 17th Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta. After a long course, Eduard Zanen and Mischa Heemskerk (NED) took the bullet and the overall victory. Gunnar Larsen and Bastiaan Tentij (NED) managed to finish third just one spot ahead of Wouter Samama and Sam Frank (NED)... [more]

'Missing' Lunatic Found after Two Day Alarm
By New Zealand Herald/Sail-World Cruising,
A solo yachtie who failed to show up as promised and failed to let anyone know what he was doing led police and the New Zealand coastguard a pretty chase for two days before being located today. The yacht is (somewhat aptly) called Lunatic, and sailed by a Slovenian man... [more]

Two sailors set to 44th Rolex Sydney Hobart
By Lisa Ratcliff,
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, the organising club of the Rolex Sydney Hobart, today confirmed that due to a discrepancy which crept into the figures some decades ago, there are in fact two yachtsmen lining up this year to equal the late John Bennetto's amazing record of 44 Rolex Sydney to Hobart races.... [more]

Barkow and crew win the Women’s Vitoria Brasil Cup
By Lynn Fitzpatrick, US Editor,,
Sally Barkow, the only North American skipper at the Women’s Vitoria Brasil Cup, won the event with a 6-0 record. Among the prizes was the winner’s share of the regatta purse of $50,000 and an invitation to the Vitoria Brasil Sailing Cup Regatta, the second to last stage of the 2006/2007 World Match Racing Tour.... [more]

Russian Dragons Invade Burnham
By Fiona Brown,
Late October brought a Russian invasion of Burnham-on-Crouch in Essex as Dragon sailors from the Pirogovo Dragon Yacht Club in Moscow joined the Burnham Dragon fleet for an exciting weekend of team racing and socialising. The Burnham Dragon fleet finished 3-1 up in the 7 race series, to tie the event score over the last 3 years... [more]

BMW Oracle Racing release 'Nine Point Plan'
By Richard Gladwell,
BMW Oracle Racing have released the letter sent to America's Cup Defender Societe Nautique de Geneve, which outlines the so-called Nine Point Plan - a list of nine requirements to be negotiated as a prerequisite to BMW Oracle Racing dropping their legal suit over the legitimacy of the Challenger of Record - Club Nautico Espanol de Vela.... [more]

Lewmar Launches New Wireless Remote Control
By PR,
Lewmar has introduced a 3-Button Windlass and 5-Button Windlass & Thruster remote control kit to its deck accessory range this season. Both controls are operated using wireless technology and are suitable for retrofitting to existing installations wherever a solenoid is installed... [more]

America's Cup timeline reveals ACM backtracking
By Golden Gate YC Media,
Following the letter issued by Societe Nautique de Geneve requiring Golden Gate YC to withdraw its lawsuit in the New York Supreme Court by Friday 16 November (New York time), Golden Gate YC has released a log of events from the time the Protocol was issued on 5 July to the point when negotiations were broken off on 13th November... [more]

SB3 gains ISAF Recognition
By Tom Rosoman,
LASER / Dart SB3 gains ISAF recognition following the ISAF Council meeting in Estoril, Portugal. Performance Sailcraft and the SB3 class association are delighted to announce the SB3 as an ISAF recognised class.... [more]

Race Officials for 2008 Olympic Games
By ISAF Media,
The ISAF Race Officials team for the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition has been announced. The team of 66 International Technical Officers (ITOs) will work with the team of National Technical Officials (NTOs) to ensure fair play and good racing at the 2008 Games in Qingdao, China.... [more]

Splash and crash: Asia Int'l Sportsboats Champs
By Guy Nowell, Sail World Asia,
There were 19 boats on the start line for the 1st Asia International Sportsboats Championships, out on the 'Lamma Patch' on the south side of Hong Kong. It was bright and breezy, with enough swell to get them up and surfing... [more] Carol Cronin on women's matchracing
By Carol Cronin,
Carol Cronin is one of the best female keelboat sailors in the USA. Here she offers her view on last week’s decision by ISAF to introduce Women’s Match Racing to the Olympic roster. As usual with ISAF meetings, it wasn’t over until the Council finally sang. And recent history tells us it’s still not really over, not until next year when the equipment is chosen.... [more]

Liverpool Yacht Club Race reports
By Richard Baldwin,
Liverpool Yacht club in conjunction with Pwllheli Sailing Club attempted to hold the first two races of the late autumn series at Pwllheli on Sunday 4 November... [more]

Spanish Yacht Clubs support CNEV Regatta
By PR,
Two Spanish Yacht Clubs have rescheduled their own regattas to avoid a clash with the controversial regatta organized by Club Náutico Español de Vela (CNEV) to qualify them under the America's Cup rules as the Challenger of Record... [more]

Yngling trio shortlisted in the ‘Team of the Year’
By PR,
Skandia Team GBR Yngling trio Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson, have been shortlisted in the ‘Team of the Year’ category of this year’s prestigious Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards, in association with Sony Ericsson... [more]

Multihull Champion scathing on ISAF decision
By Sail-World,
Australia's Darren Bundock is the top ranked Tornado sailor in the world. He and A Cat World Champion fellow Australian Glenn Ashby are also the F18 World Champions. What does 'Bundy' think of the dumping of the Multihull Class from the 2012 Olympic regatta?... [more]

Editorial: Top sailors revolt against ISAF move
By Richard Gladwell / NZL Editor, NZL Editor Richard Gladwell looks at the media comments on the ISAF Olympic events decision. As we predicted over the weekend, ISAF has been roundly criticised by sailors for the decision made on Friday over the choice of Olympic events for the 2012 Olympics... [more]

RYA’s Olympic Development names new recruits
No fewer than 13 of Great Britain’s Olympic sailing hopefuls of the future have been handed a major boost in realising their dreams after being invited to join the RYA’s Olympic Development programme. Also, seven youngsters have been chosen as Programme training partners and will have the chance to continue honing their skills in the Performance environment... [more]

Top GBR Yngling crew win RYA Winter Challenge No.1
Skandia Team GBR’s Beijing-nominated Yngling crew of Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson came out of top as the fourth year of the RYA Winter Challenge Match Racing Series commenced last weekend (10-11 November) in the RYA fleet of J80s at Queen Mary SC... [more]

Garmin Hamble Winter Series - Day 5
By Peter danby,
The weather played a few tricks in the Solent for Day 5 of the Garmin Hamble Winter Series. First of all, it largely ignored the weather forecast, which predicted winds in the region of 15 knots, but it was generally in excess of that by 5 to 12 knots, although it continually fluctuated up and down in strength... [more]

Stewart and Ross are National 12 Inland Champions
By PR,
Graham Camm and Zoe Ballantyne had already secured victory in the GILL series but other places were still up for grabs as well as the 2007 Inland Champions. 38 boats made the trip with two from as far afield as Scotland!... [more]

Voting data as ISAF 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. Sail-World has been sent data sheets which purport to show how each delegate voted.... [more]

ISAF to continue with World Cup concept
On the final day of ISAF Council meetings at the ISAF Annual Conference in Estoril, Portugal. The ISAF Sailing World Cup was one of the key topics under discussion. ISAF Vice-President David Kellett explained that this was still an important goal. 'The Executive Committee consider the World Cup a desirable and important concept,' he said... [more]

2007 Barcelona World Race
The Barcelona World Race is a new two-handed, non-stop round the world yacht race starting on the 11th November, 2007 [and to be held every four years]....
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2007 Transat Jacques Vabre
The Transat JACQUES VABRE is an event organised by Pen Duick with the participation of the city of Le Havre....
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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 07-08 Round the World Race
The Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race started in Liverpool (UK), the 16 September 2007...
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Gear & Gadgets
Latest sailing gear and gadgets...
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2007 America's Cup

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