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26 Nov 2007

Major Events

2007 America's Cup

2005-2006 Volvo Ocean Race

Olympic class regattas


2007 Garmin Hamble Series

Gear & Gadgets

2008 Skandia Geelong Week

Clipper 07-08 Round the World Race

2007 Monsoon Cup

2007 Transat Jacques Vabre

2007 Barcelona World Race


Welcome to the Newsletter.

Action is starting to transfer to the warmer climes of Australia and New Zealand as their season gets into high gear.

Plenty of dinghy and big boat action from down under and in December and January dinghy World championship events with a high GBR participation.

All here on

Gerald New
UK Editor

Laura Baldwin 3rd at Kiwi Laser Champs
Mike Pasco,
The wind blew stronger today with larger waves, giving the 52 Laser sailors competing in the 2007-08 Auckland Laser Championships an exciting and very tiring day. Britain's Laura Baldwin finished in third place in the Radial event... [more]

Joyon on IDEC covers 451 miles in first 24 hours
Event media,
Commenting on his start Francis Joyon on IDEC; 'I hardly had time to delve into my computer' he said at midday Saturday, ignoring his 'score' of the day - 451 miles across the Bay of Biscay during the first 24 hours of racing... [more]

Farr 40 Sputnik in orbit at Savills SORC
Peter Campbell,
Fresh from a close fourth overall in the Farr 40 One Design world championship in Denmark, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron member Ivan Wheen has continued his winning ways with his yacht Sputnik back in Sydney over the weekend.... [more]

Trade winds push fleet towards Doldrums
Event media,
These powerful IMOCA Open 60's are being pushed harder than ever with each boat spurred on by its neighbour into sailing faster and faster. The result is some tired and stressed sailors, who are hand steering boats carrying more sail area than is strictly sensible.... [more]

Saving Cutty Sark - or not?
Orla Chennaoui, Sky News,
Six months after she was almost destroyed by fire, the historic Cutty Sark still faces potential ruin due to a severe funding crisis. Trustees of the world's sole surviving tea clipper need to drum up an extra £14m towards her restoration... [more]

Transat Ecover BtoB to start 29 November
Given the delay of the finishers in the Transat Jacques Vabre and the fact that several Imoca monohulls will have to make repairs, the Transat ECOVER BtoB will finally set off late morning on Thursday 29 November in front of the Salvador de Bahia Yacht Club... [more]

This Week's UK Halsey Tip: Watch the Webbing
UK-Halsey, Sailmakers,
More and more cruising sailboats are being delivered with roller furling mains and jibs. The usual method for attaching the head and tack of these furling sails to the roller unit is a webbing loop.... [more]

GBR Sailors in Olympic selection battle at Sydney
Di Pearson,
One of the biggest Olympic selection battles ever seen will take place at Yachting NSW’s Sydney International Regatta in December when Ben Ainslie, one of the world’s highest profile sailors, takes on Ed Wright for selection into the British team in the Finn class. Also the top four British Laser Radial girls; Lizzie Vickers, Andrea Brewster, Laura Baldwin and Penny Clark, are all after one spot... [more]

Youth Sailors Honoured By Dame Kelly Holmes
Promising teenage sailor Evan Scott was rewarded for an impressive season on the waves by being invited to lunch with double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes this week... [more]

America's Cup: The Valencian View,
Vicente Rambla, the Deputy President of the Valencian Government stated yesterday that there was no doubt whatsoever over the Americas Cup being celebrated in Valencia, but did not say when that would be... [more]

New - Giant Catamaran, the Nahema 120
Des Ryan,
Nahema, situated in Marseilles, France, is about to produce some of the largest catamarans in the world. The Nahema 120 and the Nahema 150 are the utmost in luxury catamarans. The Nahema 120, will be first on display at Boot, the International Boat Show held in Dusseldorf each year. At 35 metres in length, it will allow a huge amount of living and crew space.... [more]

Caffari completes first Transatlantic race
Caroline Ayling,
The British crew on Aviva finished the 4,340-mile race despite suffering damage to the top section of the mast in the closing stages. Caffari’s first transatlantic crossing onboard an Open 60 has been a huge learning curve for the inspirational yachtswoman. The co-skippers faced difficult conditions throughout the race.... [more]

Sailors on wheels - Penang Trishaws, RMSIR 2007
Guy Nowell, Sail World Asia,
The Penang Trishaw Race is now very much an established part of the Raja Muda regatta programme. It's the one race in the regatta where Dave 'The Brave' Richards (Official Measurer) doesn't have to use his imagination and a splash of creativity come up with a TCF for anyone at all.... [more]

Barcelona fleet scatter east and west
Event media,
PRB took 50 miles out of Paprec Virbac 2 over a two-hour period early in the afternoon. But by the 16:00 position report, the bleeding had stopped, and over the past 24 hours, Jean-Pierre Dick has actually added nearly 20 miles to his lead, the bulk of the gains being made over last night.... [more]

Joyon underway in Round the World Solo attempt
Francis Joyon website media,
Francis Joyon, on the trimaran Idec, set off on Friday 23rd November shortly after 11 am to begin a Second Round the World solo, nonstop sailing attempt.... [more]

Aviva suffers mast splinter in TJV
Caroline Ayling,
Aviva was within 20 miles of Cervin EnR, Dee and Nigel’s race-rivals, when the top section of the mast splintered due to the Gennaker halyard block exploding... [more]

Team Pindar confident going into the Monsoon Cup
Lynn Fitzpatrick, US Editor,,
Coming in second is quite an achievement. It means that you’ve beaten every other team except for the victor. Yes, second can leave a sting that lasts a long time. Ian Willams’ and Team Pindar’s third place finish at last December’s Monsoon Cup in Terengganu left them with a second place finish for the entire World Match Racing Tour’s 2005/06 circuit.... [more]

Raja Muda 2007 - Penang Inshores
Guy Nowell, Sail World Asia,
Maybe it was last night's downpour during the Trishaw Races, maybe the breeze just needed a holiday, either way, at 1200 hrs the racecourse just off the northern coast of Penang was a complete glass-out... [more] Catwoman sharpens her claws
Carolijn Brouwer,
Carolijn Brouwer found time from her busy Tornado training schedule in Sydney to write to SailJuice with her views on what happened two weeks ago in Estoril. You could read the frustration between the lines of what Laser Radial sailor Laura Baldwin wrote a few days ago. Here, Carolijn is much more explicit with her feelings.... [more]

Team Origin on hold after ACM postponement
Team Origin the British America’s Cup challenger has released a statement following the postponement of the 33rd America's Cup for at least 12 months. Team Origin is as committed to winning the America’s Cup now as ever, however with so much uncertainty as to the dates, venue, rules etc., it is difficult for any of the teams to move forward with their plans... [more]

The restoration and launch of Rainbow.
John Bertenshaw,
Last Friday, another classic yacht Rainbow was launched in Auckland, after a full restoration undertaken by the partners, Hamish Ross, David Glenn, Brad Butterworth and the Dymock family of Nelson. Now 108 years old, Rainbow is one of the iconic boats of the Waitemata, where she was launched and raced. Writing in 'A Century of Sail' veteran sailing writer, Noel Holmes described her genesis:... [more]

Contender class win Scottish Champion of Champions
Event media,
The Contender of Ben Holden triumphed over forty of the top performing competitors from Scottish sailing events gathered at Dalgety Bay SC from as far afield as Shetland and Oxford on the invitation of RYA Scotland for the 2007 RYAS Champion of Champions... [more]

This Week's Best New Product – Waterbuoy
Sail-World Cruising,
We've been attaching corks and other flotation devices to our boat keys for years now, so we were dubious about the value of 'just another flotation device'.... but WAIT!...... [more]

Cicero Hartmann (BRA) leads Soling Worlds,
Cicero Hartmann, Flávio Quevedo and Andre Renard of Brazil lead the Soling Worlds after six races completed. They have a four point lead over the next three boats who are all on 24 points. The Soling Class World Championship is being organized by the Club Nautico San Isidro on its home waters in the River Plate.... [more]

The America´s Cup delayed indefinitely,
With the Thanksgiving Day holiday in the USA passing without a ruling by the New York court on the validity of the Spanish club, CNEV as the Challenger of Record for the 33rd America´s Cup, the America´s Cup Management in Valencia have issued a statement delaying the 2009 date, without setting a new date... [more]

Sail-World Journalist Wins Seamanship Award
Des Ryan,
One of Sail-World's seven world-wide editors has won a coveted annual seamanship award. Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen with her husband Ted Nobbs on their yacht Blackwattle had just completed a five year circumnavigation, arriving back into Australia two weeks ago, when they learned of the award.... [more]

Barcelona World Race - Paprec Virbac 2 leads
Kate Jennings,
No big upsets for the skippers in the Barcelona World Race on this the 11th day of racing. The race continues, still as intense as ever and bitterly contested. Paprec Virbac continues to lead with PRB in second and Veolia Environnement third... [more]

Back to the Future - Earls Court Boat Show
The lights are on… the boats are arriving… it’s full speed ahead for the Whyte and Mackay Earls Court Boat Show! The Boat Show returns to Earls Court in central London, opening 1 December... [more]

Gul International support Osprey Grand Prix series,
The Osprey Association and builders Hartley Laminates Ltd have announced that Gul International is sponsoring the Osprey Class for the Gul Grand Prix series of events for 2008... [more]

Monsoon Cup to decide World Match Racing Champion
Yvonne Reid,
Mathieu Richard is in prime position to be the second Frenchman to win the ISAF Match Racing World Championship at the Monsoon Cup in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia which starts next week, November 28 – December 2nd. However, there are still five teams that could win the World Championship title in Malaysia.... [more]

AC Challenger of Record regatta this weekend,
The Club Náutico Español de Vela, the Challenger of Record for the 33rd America's Cup, will run its Spanish Challenge Trophy regatta this weekend at Valencia... [more]

Entries flow in for 2008 Laser Worlds
Di Pearson,
Already 102 entries have been received for the Laser Worlds, guaranteed to be one of highlights of ISAF Grade 1 Olympic class regattas to be held in Australia between December and February.... [more]

Sea-Trials for one-design for the SolOceans
Clémentine Chaignaud - Saint-Michel,
The first Veolia Oceans® one-design for the SolOceans is being tested at the moment in Cherbourg-Octeville (Lower Normandy - France) and Caen (Lower Normandy - France) by a team lead by Erwan Tabarly. Yvan Griboval, the initiator of the one-design and designer of the SolOceans summarises those first tests in light wind, medium wind and breeze, in which he actively participated.... [more]

Fonica and Safran first home in TJV Imoca class
Event media,
Michel Desjoyaux and Manu Le Borgne on Foncia crossed the finish line today (Tuesday) at 16h 37’05 French time – 12h 37’05 local time - under an impeccable blue sky. The run for the first place in the Imoca was as hot as the Brazilian temperature as Marc Guillemot & Charles Caudrelier pushed Safran and therefore Foncia to their limits till the finish... [more]

33rd America's Cup gains two new entries,
The 33rd America's Cup today gained two more challengers, bringing the total entered to seven. First up were Mascalzone Latino who will sail under the burgee of the Real Yacht Club Canottieri Savoia. This will be their third challenge for the Cup. Mascalzone Latino become the sixth Challenger, with a second Spainish Challenger also announcing Tuesday... [more]

Second Spanish America's Cup Challenger,
The new Spanish syndicate - Ayre Challenge - was officially declared a challenger for the 33rd America’s Cup. Ayre represents the Real Club Náutico de Dénia (Royal Yacht Club of Denia) and becomes the seventh official challenger for the next edition of the world’s oldest sports competition. Their entry follows that of Mascalzone Latino who also announced that they they are challenging for the 3... [more]

Aussie Yachties Swim Antarctica
Tony Mowbray/Sail-World Cruising,
Tony Mowbray, Australian sailor and adventurer and veteran of many past sailing successes, is currently skippering the expedition yacht Commitment with a group of amateurs and professional sailors on board to explore the Chilean Fjords and Patagonian Waterways. Here's his latest report - about swimming in Antarctica. And you could do it too!... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race adds Singapore as Stopover
Volvo have announced that Singapore will be a stopover for the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09. The fleet is scheduled to stop over in Singapore in late December 2008 for what will be the first time in the race’s 34-year history that the fleet will call in on Southeast Asia... [more]

Liverpool Yacht Club's racing at Pwllheli
Jim Connolly,
At last Liverpool Yacht Club’s enthusiastic members’ initiative in moving a great part of the Racing Fleet to Pwllheli in pursuit of our stated aim, ‘promoting and facilitating the sport of yachting’ this winter, is under way... [more]

Cooler heads and new Challenger in America's Cup
Richard Gladwell,
Cooler heads seem to have prevailed in the America’s Cup epic, with the decision of Justice Herman Cahn expected within days. A media statement, which Sail-World was told over the weekend 'would give you plenty to write about' has been reduced. Consistent with comments made to Sail-World last week by Hamish Ross it is believed that the chances of a venue shift from Valencia are minimal... [more]

Life after the Olympic Games - Vintage Games,
With all the recent controversy over the choice of events for the 2012 Olympic sailing in Weymouth, it is a relief to turn to a new regatta to be run for former Olympic classes every four years, in line with the present Games... [more]

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