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10 Dec 2007

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18ft Skiffs - Fiat take race five in NSW Champions
Frank Quealey, Aus 18 Footers League,
Michael Coxon, Aaron Links and Nathan Ellis showed they are back to their best form when they steered Fiat home a comfortable winner of Race 5 of the NSW 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour Sunday... [more]

An Open Letter to Ernesto Bertarelli
Bob Fisher,
I thank you for your open letter and for the 90 minutes of your valuable time that you granted for an interview. At the Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award dinner you took me to task for my criticism of your team’s behaviour towards the 33rd America’s Cup. I demurred, saying that if I were mistaken, it was due to a lack of communication from your team’s leaders. That now is not the case.... [more]

Beauties and big boats on Sydney Harbour
Lisa Ratcliff,
Sydney Harbour will come alive on Tuesday 11 December with a bevy of beauties and big boats when the annual SOLAS Big Boat Challenge maxi race fires up the countdown to the start of the 2007 Rolex Sydney Hobart.... [more]

Calendars of note for 2008,
Nothing worse than a dyed in the wool dinghy sailor getting that big boat ocean racer calendar, while the classic wooden boats enthusiast gets the latest carbon foiled Moth flyers! There is something for everyone out there and the Internet is the place to find them... [more]

Day 28: Race over for PRB - loses top of mast
Barcelona World Race Media,
In a heartbreaking turn of events, skippers Vincent Riou and Sébastien Josse aboard PRB are almost certainly out of the Barcelona World Race. This morning, the team which has been alternating the race lead with Paprec-Virbac 2 over the past three weeks, lost the top three metres of its mast, making it impossible to continue racing.... [more]

Clipper front eight separated by less than 80 n.m.,
Durban lead race four which is a very close run thing with the top eight boats split by less than 80 nautical miles in terms of Distance To Finish. With the fleet so close to each other it will make for exciting viewing over the next week as they approach the Western Australian coast and the eventual finish line at Fremantle's Swan River... [more]

Golding out of B to B race - Mike Golding retires
Solo British yachtsman Mike Golding has been forced to retire from the Transat Ecover B to B race from Bahia, Brazil to Port La Foret, Brittany. Last night the struggling engine blew an oil seal spraying the entire cabin, damaging equipment and making the whole area very unsafe.... [more]

Valencia Life Network News: Interview with Ernesto
Valencia Life Network News,
The publishers of Valencia Life Network News have provided these two stories from Valencia. The first is the continued sponsorship of Desafio Espanol. The second is an interview with Ernesto Bertarelli, published in the Spanish newspaper, El Mundo, where he expands on his open letter, and his rather new and different views on the direction of the America's Cup - which preclude a Defender defending... [more]

2007 Phuket King's Cup winners declared
Rob Kothe & Al Constable,
The battle for the 21st Phuket King’s Cup in the Racing Class was over in just three seconds in this morning’s race. The 2006 King’s Cup Racing Class winner, Ray Roberts’ Quantum Racing needed to convincingly ‘out sail’ Frank Pong’s Jelik to win the 2007 regatta.... [more]

OK Dinghy World Champion to visit NZ
NZ OK Dinghy Assoc,
The OK Dinghy Summer Series reached Napier last weekend for some excellent close racing and brought the news that the current and three time World Champion, Nick Craig (GBR), has booked his flights and will be competing in the NZ OK Nationals at New Plymouth over Easter.... [more]

Images from Rolex Trophy One Designs Day 2
Crosbie Lorimer,
A short swell, a steady southerly, the appearance of a dolphin amongst the fleet and eventually the arrival of the sun made for some great shots of the Farr 40s and Sydney 38s racing offshore today. Here are some of Crosbie Lorimer's images of today's action.... [more]

New York Yacht Club agrees to join AC discussions
Michael Levitt,
The New York Yacht Club confirmed today that it has agreed to join discussions related to the future conduct of racing for the America's Cup.... [more]

Arve Sundheim to retire as ISAF Secretary General
ISAF Press Release,
Arve Sundheim (NOR) has announced his decision to retire from his position as ISAF Secretary General on 1 January 2008... [more]

Extreme 40 iShares takes on a summer thunderstorm
Myrrh Walker,
During her debut run on Australian waters, the iShares Extreme 40 was subjected to one of Australia's finest thunderstorms, dropping the temperature twelve degrees in ten minutes.... [more]

Italians do it in style - Rolex OD Trophy
Sam Crichton,
Day one of the Rolex Trophy One Design Series and current Farr 40 world champion Vincenzo Onorato and his team of Latin rascals showed the Aussies why they are number one in the world... [more]

Open letter from Ernesto sets America's Cup plan
Team Alinghi Media,
On Friday afternoon, the head of Team Alinghi, Ernesto Bertarelli issued an open letter setting out the conditions on which he would agree to the 33rd America's Cup not being sailed in multihulls as required in the absence of Mutual Consent for the Match.... [more]

Hugo Boss set new 24 hour distance world record
One year ago, Alex Thomson was being rescued from his sinking boat in the Southern Ocean. 12 months on, he has set a new 24 hour distance world record - Competing in the Barcelona World Race aboard HUGO BOSS, the pair covered 499.22 miles nautical miles (nm)... [more]

New Cowes Metre Regatta & Classic Keelboat Regatta
Next year, a new combined International Regatta is to be held in Cowes for Metre boats and classic racing keelboats from 22 to 25 July 2008 to be run by the Royal London Yacht Club the same week as the British Classic Yacht Club Regatta which is being run in association with the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club... [more]

Audi Etchells QLD Championship Underway
Suellen Hurling,
35 Etchells took to the start line for day one of the Queensland Championship with all crews dealing with light oscillating breeze and strong tide. David Clark, Andrew Smith and Mike Hughes sailing Fifteen from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia took the bullet in Race 1 of the Audi Etchells Queensland Championship on Moreton Bay.... [more]

Joyon hits 575 miles sailed in 24 hours
Event media,
As expected, Francis Joyon on IDEC is poised to join the major West schemes which revolve around Antarctica. Joyon is now 1,300 miles ahead of the reference point of Ellen MacArthur in 2005... [more]

History of Rolex Sydney Hobart 1945 - 2006
Peter Campbell,
The Rolex Sydney Hobart ranks historically, along with the Rolex Fastnet Race in England and the Bermuda Race in the USA, as one of the three great ocean passage races of the world. Over the past 62 years, the Rolex Sydney Hobart has become an icon of Australia’s summer sport, ranking in public interest with such national events as the Melbourne Cup horse race, the Australian Open tennis and the c... [more]

First part of Imperia Winter Regatta completed
Laura Jelmini,
Light winds dominated on the final day of racing for the Laser and RS:X fleets at the Imperia Winter Regatta in Italy. The new fleet of double handed 420 and 470 teams are arriving at Oneglia harbour, where from 7-9 December the IWR continues... [more]

Reality Check for Dee Caffari
Event media,
One week into her career as a full blown Open 60 solo sailor, Dee Caffari has been handed a harsh reality check over the demands of elite offshore racing which are now taking their toll on both her emotional and physical well-being... [more]

Brian Thompson and Pindar for Vendée Globe 2008
Vendée Globe media,
Pindar announced at the Paris Boat Show that Brian Thompson and Pindar have pre-registered for the Vendée Globe 2008. Brian Thompson is the seventh British sailor and the 27th registration for the Vendée Globe 2008... [more]

Groupama 3 on standby for record attempt
Groupama 3, skippered by Franck Cammas will be on standby. Alongside in Lorient, NW France, its home port, the 31.50 m trimaran with four records already under its belt, will submit itself to waiting for favourable weather conditions to begin its Jules Verne Trophy attempt.... [more]

RYA in push for ISAF Olympic Events change
Richard Gladwell,
The Royal Yachting Association has led the charge to have the Events slate for the 2012 Olympics reconsidered by the International Sailing Federation. In a late breaking story this morning, Great Britain, the world's top Olympic yachting nation and host of the 2012 Olympic regatta, has formally requested that the International Sailing Federation reconsider the Events chosen at the ISAF Annual Gene... [more]

Transat Ecover B to B - Brit Air Distmasted
Event media,
Armel Le Cleac'h is heading towards the Cape Verde archipelago after dismasting shortly before lunchtime UTC Wednesday, whilst sailing in the tradewinds again - Meanwhile Loick Peyron is leading the way and heading due North towards the Canaries at an average of over 13 knots... [more]

Missing Schooner Found - All Safe
Simon Kearney and AAP/Sail-World,
Searchers have found the 87-year-old sailing ship the Alvei and all on board, including three US citizens, four Australians, a New Zealander and and Englishman are safe and well.... [more]

Marlow Ropes Award for Weguelin and Ainsworth
The World 29er Champion Sophie double act of Weguelin and Ainsworth are celebrating after landing the invaluable Marlow Ropes Award just three months after making the step into the Olympic Classes arena... [more]

Matt Humphreys is RS700 Inland Champion
Matt Humphreys,
An Impressive fleet arrived at Northampton Sailing Club for the RS700 Inland Championships. The podium dominated by sailors from Weston SC for the second event running. Matt Humphreys is the new RS700 Inland Champion with James Ross finishing second and Phil Dickinson third... [more]

World Champion Williams for RYA Winter Challenge
Newly-crowned World Champion match racer Ian Williams is set to celebrate his historic triumph back on home waters by competing at the RYA Winter Challenge Series 2 this weekend (7 – 9 December)... [more]

Star Worlds 2008 - Online registration now open
Connie Bischoff,
When over 200 Star sailors arrive at Miami’s Coral Reef Yacht Club next April to sail in the Star Worlds 2008, they had better be ready for the fierce battle to win the Worlds in this oldest of the Olympic sailing classes. There are still 4 slots open for nations to compete in the Olympics with 6 to 8 nations trying to qualify. Germany and other nations will be using it as their Olympic trials.... [more]

Michael Illbruck wins Melges 32 Winter Tune-up
Event media,
Although somewhat of a rollercoaster ride of sorts for the Melges 32s in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida at the Winter Tune-Up regatta Michael Illbruck with tactician John Kostecki on 'Pinta' at his side won the overall event. Kip Meadows with Andy Horton on 'Roxanne' put on a spectacular performance coming in second followed by Joe Woods on 'Red' in third... [more]

Many surprises at Challenger Meeting in Valencia
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZL,
Golden Gate YC, the Challenger of Record for the 33rd America’s Cup have announced that various Challenger representatives met on Monday evening in Valencia in a joint effort to move forward the process for the next America’s Cup.'It was a very good meeting. The challengers agree that certainty is needed to return to a conventional America’s Cup regatta and we are committed to working together.'... [more]

Tactics to count in Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Rolex,
The first edition of the Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup sees Morten Bergesen’s Nariida (NOR), a Wally 105 launched in 1994, leading the fleet of seven maxis across the Atlantic Ocean. The Maxi Yachts left Tenerife in the Canary Islands on 26th November at 13.00 UTC with the final destination of St Maarten in the Netherland Antilles... [more]

The Dubai Gold Cup to conclude RC 44 Tour
RC 44 Class Association Media Release,
Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC), the dynamic club from the United Arab Emirates, organises the eighth and last event of the RC 44 Championship Tour 2007 on December 13-16. The Dubai Gold Cup is also the first overseas regatta for the RC 44 fleet. All RC 44’s have been transported together, on their custom-made containers, saving a lot of manpower, effort and extra costs to the teams.... [more]

Luck of the Irish - 1st Laser SB3 Worlds in Dublin
Dublin Bay in Ireland will be the venue for the first ever World Championships for the Laser SB3 Sportboats – the world’s fastest growing keelboat. The National Yacht Club will run the event next September and the huge fleet of 120 boats will be the largest ever assembled in Irish waters for a single make keel boat event... [more]

Leopard arrives for Sydney Hobart Race
ICAP Leopard, the 100 foot super maxi yacht run by Ocean Marine, the British sailing team owned by Mike Slade, will be known as City Index Leopard for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. City Index Leopard arriving in Sydney early yesterday morning had to cant her keel to one side to allow her towering 154 foot mast to pass under Sydney Harbour Bridge... [more]

Sailrocket hits 40 - actually 42.4 knots
Paul Larsen,
The aim of the Sailrocket project remains the same, to set the outright world speed sailing record and become the fastest sailing vessel ever. Our backs were hard against the wall on that last run. Four days earlier we were standing on the same beach with our dream lying broken at our feet with the wing-sail in the water... [more]

Dodging fallen trees at RS300 Inland Championship
Steve Bolland,
You know it’s going to be windy when you have to dodge fallen trees on the way to the event, so it was for the Gul-sponsored RS300 Inland Championship at Northampton SC on 1/2 December. No race in less than force 5, real dogs off chains stuff... [more]

Big changes in store for Tour de France a la Voile
Nautica On Line Press,
With a new regatta director Alain Fedensieu (13 participations, one victory), the Tour de France a la Voile event will change considerably for the 31st edition.... [more]

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