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03 Dec 2007

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2007 America's Cup

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2007 Phuket King's Cup Regatta

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Clipper 07-08 Round the World Race

2007 Monsoon Cup

2007 Barcelona World Race



So much happening in such a short time - America's Cup judgement announced, Ian Williams wins Monsoon Cup and Match Race Title. The ARC is off and a whole armada of yachts are racing this way and that in various long distance events - most of the time I'm not sure who is leading what heading where!

The new/old London Boat Show is open at Earls Court and the ISAF row rumbles along in a frenzy of denial - a sort of pass the parcel and see where it ends.

Read all about it, plenty more to come . . .

Gerald New
UK Editor

IC Worlds set for development breakthrough
Steve Clark /,
The next International Canoe World Championships will be held at the McCrae YC in Australia. The event will take place straight after the Christmas festivities. At the Worlds there will be a significant number of development canoes as well as the standard International Canoes and the Asymmetric version... [more]

Garmin Hamble Winter Series - overall results
Peter Danby,
With south westerly gales lashing the south coast of England, it came as no surprise that the final day of racing in the Garmin Hamble Winter Series had to be cancelled. It can be said with absolute certainty that there has been some really excellent racing in the 2007 Winter Series, and it will be the good days that will remain in the memory... [more]

Ian Williams wins Monsoon Cup
Lynn Fitzpatrick Sail-World USA Editor,
The Malaysian kettle drums thundered as Ian Williams and Team Pindar – Bill Hardesty, Mark Williams, Mark Nicholls and Simon Shaw paraded from the dock to the awards podium after winning the final match of the Monsoon Cup in Terengganu, Malaysia by defeating immediate past World Champion, Dato’ Peter Gilmour.... [more]

Omega Smeg wins Race 4 NSW 18ft Skiffs
Frank Quealey,
The red sails on Omega Smeg were dominant downwind as she trebled her lead to over Macquarie to 1min 25secs. There were some great battles for the minor placings with Macquarie, Pure Blonde, Asko, Kinder Caring Fisher & Paykel and Ssangyong Yandoo (John Winning) all closely bunched as they approached the leeward buoy.... [more]

Peter Harrison’s Sojana closes in on Nariida
YCCS Press Office,
After six days of navigation a battle for the lead is heating up in the Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup which sees seven maxi yachts crossing the Atlantic westward from Tenerife to St Maarten... [more]

Voller Energy’s Emerald Fuel Cell yacht on ARC
Fast Track,
Voller Energy’s crew onboard Emerald are progressing well on their ARC adventure. The Emerald yacht has Voller Energy’s new ‘Emerald Fuel Cell System’ installed for the crossing. This will be the first yacht in the World to cross the Atlantic with a fuel cell system running off LPG, Propane or Calor Gas... [more]

Race Management Seminars - Regional Race Officers,
These seminars are for Regional Race Officers. This will interest those who have attended a club race officer course and wish to progress in race management... [more]

GBR Laser sailor Penny Clark for Sail Brisbane
Suellen Hurling,
Great Britain Laser Radial sailor Penny Clark has arrived at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron on Manly to race against the strong, talented and world champion fleet for the upcoming Sail Brisbane regatta... [more]

Yachting NZ CEO on Events for 2012 Olympic Games
Yachting NZ Media,
There has been some controversy around the world about ISAF’s selection of events for the 2012 Olympic Games. ISAF was required by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to reduce sailing events from 11 to 10 for the Olympic sailing regatta to be held in Weymouth, England. This decision was made this month by ISAF’s Council at its meeting in Estoril, Portugal.... [more]

Dalton confirms America's Cup claim on Alinghi
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand managing director, Grant Dalton, has confirmed a report that appeared yesterday in the British newspaper, the Daily Telegraph. The story by noted yachting writer, Tim Jeffrey, did not name a source for the information, but claimed that Emirates Team New Zealand had sent a claim for compensation of NZD50million if the 33rd America's Cup were postponed to 2011... [more]

Boat Show returns to Earls Court, London
The first ever Whyte & Mackay Earls Court Boat Show celebrated its official opening yesterday with a lively turn out from the press and invited guests. Katie Derham welcomed fellow Prince's Trust Ambassador Penny Lancaster on stage to cut the Whyte & Mackay ribbon - with a little help from the Royal Marines who abseiled from the roof of Earls Court to present her with a pair of scissors... [more]

PRB reclaims Barcelona World Race lead
Event media,
PRB has reclaimed the lead in the Barcelona World Race over Paprec-Virbac 2 overnight. Since the doldrums, the two boats have been alternating holding the lead, with neither able to stretch away from the other... [more]

Mike Golding remains in third - Transat ECOVER B2B
Lucy Harwood,
The racing remains very close, of inshore regatta intensity, and the British solo skipper admitted he has had very little sleep since the start on Thursday morning.... [more]

Durban take lead in Clipper
Event media,
A big shake up in the leaderboard overnight reflects the difference in wind conditions across the fleet. Durban 2010 and Beyond have a 26 mile lead from with Qingdao a further ten miles back... [more]

Williams takes ISAF World Match Racing Title
Rob Kothe,
Two flights each to Paolo Cian (ITA) and Ian Williams (GBR) as they sailed into the starting box for the fifth race in the second semi-final of the 15th event in the 2006-2007 World Match Racing Tour, the third Monsoon Cup, on the Terengganu River in eastern Malaysia.... [more]

Atlantic Rally Day of Drama
World Cruising Club,
On Day four of ARC 2007, event organisers World Cruising Club’s well rehearsed emergency plan was called into action following a serious accident onboard the Russian crewed Volvo 60 – AAG Big One. In a further incident, two ARC yachts assisted with the rescue of migrants they encountered late yesterday (29/11/07).... [more]

Brit challenge at Melges 32 Winter Tune-Up
Event media,
Three challenging races whipped the eighteen strong fleet in tip-top shape today at the Lauderdale Yacht Club for the Melges 32 Winter Tune-Up 2007 - Leading the pack with satisfying finishes is the 'Pinta' team comprised of Michael Illbruck (helm) and John Kostecki (tactics). From Torquay, UK is none other than Joe Woods on 'Red' in third... [more]

Williams new ISAF World Match Racing Champion
Ian Williams is the new ISAF World Match Racing Champion after defeating Paolo Cian in the semi-finals of the Monsoon Cup. Images from the semi-final action.... [more]

Frenchman - good start to beat Ellen's Solo Record
Sail-World Cruising,
Last week Frenchman Francis Joyon set off in a purpose built sailing boat in an attempt to beat Ellen MacArthur's current world record for a single handed circumnavigation. He is attempting to reclaim his record as the fastest single handed circumnavigation which he lost to Ellen MacArthur in February 2005, when she bested Joyon's record by 1 day, 8 hours, 35 minutes and 49 seconds.... [more]

Quantum Racing favourite for 21st Kings Cup
Rob Kothe,
Good fleet and good winds for the premier Asian keelboat regatta, the 2007 Phuket King's Cup, says Chairman of the Race Committee Simon James. Racing will start on Monday morning, with a record race week fleet approaching 110 boats to face the starter.... [more]

IRC – Growth and Continental Championships
IRC media,
IRC is having its most successful season yet. By 31 August, 6742 boats held current IRC certificates, 20% up on a year earlier and already more than in the whole of 2006. Growth was not confined to ‘new’ IRC countries such as Argentina, Germany, Greece, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand and Uruguay.... [more]

Barcelona Fleet heads south
Event media,
Vincent Riou's PRB had the quickest elapsed time on the third stage of the race, with Veolia Environnement second, just over two hours behind. Sitting seventh overall in the race, Mutua Madrileña had the third fastest time on the stage - an impressive performance. Skipper Javier Sansó says they worked the 2003 vintage boat aggressively over the past several days.... [more]

Safran, Cheminées Poujoulat and Foncia lead B to B
Blanco Negro,
In an established fifteen to twenty knot E-NE tradewind, the fleet in the Transat Ecover-BtoB are making an average of ten knots of boatspeed towards the equator. The fifteen solo sailors are looking forward to the wind clocking round to the East, which will enable them to get away from the Brazilian coast on a single tack... [more]

NOR published for Portimão Global Ocean Race
Event Media,
The Notice of Race for the 2008/09 Portimão Global Ocean Race is now available with leg re-start dates confirmed.... [more]

Nariida leads Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup
Jill Campbell, Vincenzo Frigo,
The seven maxi yachts in the Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup are progressing westward across the Atlantic. The fleet set off from Tenerife in the Canary Islands on Monday 26th November bound for St Maarten in the Netherland Antilles. As of 16.45 UTC Morten Bergsen’s Nariida (NOR) continued to hold a lead that she has not relinquished from the start.... [more]

Phantom End of Term Report - Doing very well!
Simon Childs,
The new Ovington built Phantom hull for Vandercraft seems to be all that the class wanted – great build quality yet the same shape so as not to make the existing fleet obsolete, and maintain the second-hand market values. Looks like the production line remains busy as we head into the 1300 number range... [more]

Caffari forced to re-start Transat Ecover B to B
Dee Caffari re-started the Transat Ecover B to B at 16.59 UTC Thursday after a rapid pit stop to make repairs to her Open 60 racing yacht. Caffari was forced to turn Aviva back to port almost immediately after the original start at 14.00 UTC due to a malfunctioning gennaker furler... [more]

Lark Winter Champs in last race tie-breaker
Edd McArdle,
A strong and chilly SW force four awaited the 92 competitors at Northampton Sailing club for the 2007 Winter Championships, the final event of the Larks’ 40th anniversary year - Lark winners - 1st Alan Krailing & Ed McArdle 2nd Christopher Fish & David Marlow 3rd Justin Jones & Lucy Evans... [more]

Pics galore from the Monsoon Cup 2007
Guy Nowell, Sail World Asia,
We’ve heard all the news about how the Monsoon Cup is the richest yachting prize in the world (RMB1,000,000 altogether), but for the sailors out there what is more important is the sheer excitement of watching the best match racers in the world going head-to-head. The fleet here includes Mathieu Richard (World 1), Ian Williams (2), Paolo Cian (3) and Sebastian Col (4).... [more]

Ebay Auction for places aboard Big Boat Racers
Lisa Ratcliff,
SOLAS Big Boat Challenge on Tuesday 11 December 2007 - Bidding for the chance to sail on an ocean racing thoroughbred is under way - the fleet will be racing to raise awareness and money for the CYCA’s Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Trusts, which support search and rescue organisations Australia-wide.... [more]

New Sailing Speed Record - 667 miles in a day
Sail-World Cruising,
The World Sailing Speed Record Council has announced the ratification of the 24 Hour 'up to 60ft' World Record. The new record was set by the 60ft trimaran Banque Populaire which sailed a distance of 667nm (average speed of 27.8kts) in a 24 hours period..... [more]

Clipper Glasgow in MOB incident last night
Event media,
Wednesday began with the news that Glasgow: Scotland with style Clipper had safely recovered a crew member who was swept overboard during a headsail change overnight. The skipper Hannah Jenner informed the Race Office in the early hours of the morning that a 42-year-old male crew member had been recovered safely and uninjured... [more]

Images from the Monsoon Cup 2007
Guy Nowell, Sail World Asia,
The Monsoon Cup 2007 kicked off yesterday with a parade of the competing teams through the streets of Kuala Terengganu, the ceremonial arrival of the Monsoon Cup and the World Match Racing Trophy at the Heritage Bay Club, Pulau Duyong, an Opening Ceremony officiated by His Royal Highness Yang Dipertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, King of Malaysia, and the first two flights... [more]

Farr 40 Class to party in Miami
Dana Paxton,
To cap off a year of celebrations around the Farr 40 Class’ 10th anniversary, two regattas will be held in Miami, Florida this week. Competition, as always, will be fierce from a diverse international fleet that includes Germany’s Wolfgang Stolz; France’s Erik Maris with a new Twins; reigning European and former World Champion, Italian Massimo Mezzaroma; and Annapolis native Rodrick Jabin’s Ramrod... [more]

Desafío Español issues AC judgement statement
Desafío Español PR,
A Statement from Desafío Español says that they respect the decision of Justice Cahn, but do not share his interpretation regarding the validity of Club Náutico Español de Vela. Also, the Desafio team is ready to adapt its plans to whichever date is set for the America's Cup... [more]

What Does it Mean to be Dato’ Peter Gilmour?
Lynn Fitzpatrick, US Editor,,
The Monsoon Cup – Heritage Bay Club - Pulau Duyong - Terengganu, Malaysia - Dato’ Peter Gilmour. While you may not be familiar with the Monsoon Cup and have never heard of Terengganu, Malaysia, Peter Gilmour must ring a bell. What does the prefix 'Dato’' mean?... [more]

Joyon averages 500 miles a day in record attempt
Trimaran IDEC amended by ISAF,
Speaking yesterday Joyon commented, 'It’s not going badly at all; I’m sailing in a bit of a disturbed trade wind, with some little squalls. The wind is north-east, between 18 and 25 knots, and the boat is slipping along at 22 knots.'... [more]

America's Cup - 'Guilty as charged on both counts'
Richard Gladwell,
Justice Herman Cahn has ruled in favour of the Golden Gate Yacht Club in their challenge to the legitimacy of the Challenger of Record, Club Nautico Espanol de Vela.... [more]

America's Cup decision goes to Golden Gate YC
The New York Supreme Court Judge Herman Cahn has ruled in favour of Golden Gate Yacht Club in its case against the Société Nautique de Gèneve. This result means that the Spanish Yacht Club, CNEV, is not now the Challenger of Record for the 33rd America's Cup. The Golden Gate YC, representing Larry Ellison's BMW Oracle Racing team becomes the Challenger of Record... [more]

More teams needed for 2008 Rolex Commodores’ Cup
The door is still wide open for two teams to win the right to represent Great Britain in the 2008 Rolex Commodores’ Cup after the RYA announced selection trials next spring. Entries are sought from both ready-made teams of three boats as well as individual boats... [more]

Italia Telecom wins TJV class 40
Event media,
On Monday morning at 03 hours 02 minutes and 22 seconds, French hour, Giovanni Soldini and Pietro d' Ali crossed the finishing line of this 8th edition of the Transatlantic race Jacques Vabre as winners in Class 40... [more]

Transatlantic Maxi Race starts from Tenerife
YCCS Press Office,
The seven maxi yachts taking part in the first edition of the Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup set off at 13.05 UTC Tuesday, bound for the Caribbean island of St Maarten, just over 3,000 miles (2,600 nautical miles) away across the Atlantic Ocean.... [more]

We are the Greatest - Skandia Team GBR Awards
British sailing’s Yngling World Champions Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson were crowned BOA Athletes of the Year at Skandia Team GBR’s second annual Awards Dinner and Presentations at the Rose Bowl, Southampton, on Friday... [more]

In the steps of Matt Damon at Imperia Winter Reg,
Only one week and Imperia Winter Regatta 2007 will start with a growing number of entries and already 13 Nations are represented: ITA, SUI, GBR, FIN, MON, FRA, CRO, AUT, GER, SWE, LTU, GRE and SLO. The famous regatta takes place at the site of the shooting for the Bourne Identity... [more]

Bembridge Illusion Team Racing
Event media,
Nine teams braved icy conditions on Saturday morning for the first day of the Bembridge Illusion Team Racing event. Winners were Bruce Huber and Graham Sunderland (representing Cowes Combined Clubs) who danced rings around all but one flight over the whole weekend!... [more]

Germany’s Kemmling wins RYA Winter Challenge
Germany’s Carsten Kemmling secured the first place in the prestigious RYA Winter Challenge Match Racing Series Final in March skippering his crew to Challenge Series 1 victory at Queen Mary Sailing Club over the weekend (24-25 November)... [more]

NSW 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour
Frank Quealey,
World champion Fiat crew Michael Coxon, Aaron Links and Nathan Ellis sailed a near perfect race in a light easterly breeze to take out Race 3 of the NSW 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour Sunday. Fiat led throughout to take victory by 42secs from series leaders Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Rob Bell in Gotta Love It 7... [more]

Sailboat to Dare US Navy in Diego Garcia
Nancy Knudsen,
The uninhabited 2,300 islands of Chagos are treasured by long range cruisers. About 1000 miles from India and the same from Africa, in the middle of the Indian Ocean, it's about as far away from civilisation as you can get. Now, yet another sailing boat is headed for the idyllic Chagos Archipelago, but there's a difference...... [more]

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