With Christmas just around the corner the weather has taken an early holiday this past weekend and left the South of England with a beautiful calm winter day.
Unfortunately this has scuppered some Final pre-Christmas races. Better luck for those who left for warmer climes.
The Palamos Christmas Racing was completed and the EuroMed Championships also came to a successful finish.
Down in Australia they are building upto the classic Sydney to Hobart Race, starting Boxing Day, and British interest will be high with a number of boats in the running this time.
Follow the race from star to finish on Sail-World.com/uk with Rob Kothe and the team on hand to bring you all the action.
Remember also that there will be a raft of dinghy championships taking place in Australia and New Zealand in the New Year and Sail-World.com will be there bringing you all the latest neas and images.
Enjoy your Christmas and a Happy New Year to all
Gerald New UK Editor
Halfway home for Christmas Barcelona World Race media, The leaders in the Barcelona World Race are expected to close in on Cook Strait in New Zealand on Christmas Day. Paprec-Virback 2 holds the lead at the end of the week, up by 100 miles on Hugo Boss. This pair has been playing a game of cat and mouse all week with first one and then the other making a gain.... [more]
Earthrace set for second World Record attempt Rob Kothe Powerboat-World.com, Pete Bethune, New Zealand skipper of the 78 foot wave piercing trimaran Earthrace, has announced his second challenge to break the round the world speed record, beginning from Valencia in Spain on 1st March 2008. Throughout her visit to London (18 Dec – 1 Jan), Earthrace will be open for visitors to go on board and meet the crew at the QEII Pier, Greenwich... [more]
Final day of Palamos Christmas Races Sail-world.com/uk, Despite the rain, it has been another great day of sailing in Palamós for the final races of the Christmas Race regatta. No one country dominated the leading results. British sailors came close but despite some good general results, failed to crack the podium places... [more]
Hobart Opinions poles apart - Heat vs Depth debate Crosbie Lorimer, Rolex Sydney Hobart- At a time when bowsprits, bumpkins and prodders proliferate on everything from singlehanded dinghies to 30 metre Supermaxis, you might be forgiven for wondering whether the humble spinnaker pole has had its day.... [more]
Everybody has a chance in quest for overall trophy Rolex Sydney Hobart Media Centre, If the Rolex Sydney Hobart was a straight forward sprint, picking the race favourite would be a cinch. Look at the likely weather conditions, see which boat is fastest in these and put your money down. But it isn’t a first past the post sprint, it is a handicap race and there are 66 boats ranging from 34 to 100 feet that are eligible to be the 63rd winner of the Tattersall’s Cup.more]
Volvo 60 HUGO BOSS II set for Hobart Kate Fairclough, The crew of HUGO BOSS II, the British Volvo 60 racing yacht competing in this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, are this weekend making final preparations ahead of the start of the iconic yacht race on Boxing Day and as usual they will be suited in black come race start time.... [more]
Storm Bay Weather key to Hobart record Rob Kothe, With three top class 30 metre (98 feet) super maxi's and the right weather conditions, this year's 63rd Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race could be a record-breaking affair. However the moderate strength of the winds on Wednesday afternoon and the likely gentle winds on the Friday morning across Tasmania's Storm Bay may leave the record for the 628 nautical mile blue water classic untouched.... [more]
Thelma and Gloriana - Grace and Pace Richard Gladwell, Two more Logan restorations were launched recently in Auckland. Gloriana was launched in 1891 and was built by the Logan brothers afterhours, for their own use. She is 34ft overall on a waterline of just 24 ft. Thelma was launched six years later in 1897... [more]
Joyon heading for the Horn by the end of the year? ISAF News/Sail-World Cruising, Frenchman Francis Joyon on trimaran IDEC today has extended his lead over British Ellen MacArthur’s world record time for a west-to-east world circumnavigation to more than 3,000 miles. He has crossed the dateline and is now into the Pacific Ocean, with vigilance key as he maintains a course through iceberg territory - The Horn by the end of the year?... [more]
Paprec Virbac 2 holds off Hugo Boss Event media, Paprec Virbac 2, a little further south than Hugo Boss are still 92 miles ahead and currently sailing three knots faster than the black boat, and with Force five or six wind. A slightly calmer night for the fleet that has recently been experiencing the harsh side of the South Indian Ocean, conditions are a little kinder which will be welcome for many... [more]
Calendars of note for 2008 Sail-world.com/uk, 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]
World Speed Record - aiming for 50kt - Wot Rocket Rob Kothe, Built to break through the 50 knot barrier, the 9 metre, purpose built Atlantic proa style looks like a cross between Macquarie Yellow Pages and a foiling International Moth and a sailplane/glider. The Wot Rocket is half sailboat and half sailplane; a nine metre long canoe style hull with two tiny foils... [more]
Palamos Christmas Race - Final day competitors Sail-world.com/uk, With a total of 60 races sailed, the Palamos Christmas Race shines in its fourth day of competition. Saturday the medal race will be sailed with only the ten top classified competitors in each class... [more]
Sydney Hobart -from Boss to Cook and Bottle Washer Jim Gale, Recently retired RAN Commander David Jordan has spent a lot of time at sea, much of it as the master of all he surveyed. His next ocean passage, his second Rolex Sydney Hobart, will be in much less exalted circumstances. David is going to Hobart on the Tasmanian Jones 40 Quetzalcoatl. He is not even the skipper. He is the naviguesser and cook... [more]
Nations compete for Olympic places - Laser Worlds Di Pearson, From the top ranked sailors around the globe, approximately 10 nations are depending on the regatta to qualify for the Beijing Olympic Games in Terrigal; their final opportunity to do so. Others will be seeking Olympic selection into their respective teams.... [more]
Dee Caffari and Aviva arrive in La Coruna PR, At 20.37 UTC Friday, Dee Caffari and her dismasted Open 60 Aviva arrived at La Coruna port, ending an ordeal in the Bay of Biscay that had lasted over 60 hours - Images of Aviva and the rescue craft... [more]
Grant Dalton updates on Emirates Team New Zealand Emirates Team NZ Media, The uncertainty continues in the world of the 33rd America’s Cup. The lack of resolution of the Alinghi/Oracle standoff is not the best way to end the year. Our team is raring to go, committed and focused. All we need is a date. I can report that in spite of the uncertainty Emirates Team New Zealand is enjoying solid support from sponsors and suppliers. That means a lot to the team.... [more]
Paprec-Virbac 2 v Hugo Boss in Barcelona Race Barcelona World Race media, Paprec-Virbac 2 reported gusts of up to 45 knots overnight, making for miserable conditions on deck. Hugo Boss are further north, so it will be interesting to see how that plays out over the next 24 hours. Current routing programmes have the boats arriving at the next scoring gate in the Cook Strait on Christmas day (European time).... [more]
Hobart bound Transpac 52's race Cookson 50's Tracey Johnstone, Within the 82-boat fleet charging their way south in this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race are five yachts challenging for design dominance and all of Transpac origin. New Zealander Mick Cookson will be looking with interest at how his Cookson 50's line up against the Transpac 52s.... [more]
Navy bid farewell - Aviva under tow by Spanish tug Dee Caffari, Today has been a waiting game as the Spanish tug made her way to my aid. At 15:30hrs Thursday afternoon the navy bid me farewell and the tug guys took over. They took me under tow in a difficult sea state and began guiding me to Spain - Caffari not scheduled to arrive at La Coruna port until around midnight tonight... [more]
Euromed Championships - Day 3 Event media, Day 3 of the Euromed Championships brought very light wind once again. The race was still a tough contest with Maltese Thomas Zammit Tabona coming in first. Russian Alexander Moskvichev of Russia and Ollie Cooper of Great Britain finished second and third respectively.... [more]
British Development Canoe challenge at Worlds Phil Robin, Whilst the Development Canoe remains at a trial stage, it is encouraging how much interest, and more importantly boat building, the new concept has stimulated. Phil Robin took the plunge in January 2007 and commissioned Phil Morrison to design a DC in time for the International Canoe Worlds in Australia... [more]
New Malbon Open 60 - Artemis - nearing completion Justine Ozoux - Pitch PR, Artemis Ocean Racing (AOR), the sailing team, skippered by Jonny Malbon and sponsored by leading UK investment company Artemis, today released updated information regarding the ongoing construction of its new Open 60, AOR II. The build process led by British designer, Simon Rogers, alongside Neville Hutton Boat Builders of Lymington, is now in the final phase... [more]
High tech sails on fastest 18 footers Colin Groves, The 18ft skiffs have always been a hot bed of development, and more recently, the pace of sail development has been significant with North Sails 3DL leading a new development phase.... [more]
Will Swan Song be the new Love & War? Jim Gale, If experience wins races then Swan Song should have the Rolex Sydney Hobart 2007 in the bag. Her crew have 212 Hobarts between them, a staggering average of 17.7 each.... [more]
Maxis and race record may go with the wind Lisa Ratcliff, With talk of a race record in the air, the Rolex Sydney Hobart big boat skippers have smiles on their faces while, for the smaller boats, it’s likely to be a case of watching the leaders of the pack disappearing over the horizon.... [more]
Tug takes Aviva in tow Roberto Coladangelo, At 16.30 UTC today, a large tug with 4,000 horsepower, from La Coruna in Northern Spain attached a towline to the dismasted Open 60 Aviva. The crew of HMS Northumberland assisted the Spanish boat in the operation and Caffari is now heading safely under-tow back to port... [more]
Paprec-Virbac 2 stretches lead on Hugo Boss Barcelona World Race media, Skippers Jean-Pierre Dick and Damian Foxall aren't about to give up the lead in the Barcelona World Race without a fight. After seeing a significant lead diminished to just 12 miles over the past three days, the race leaders have stretched out again and lead Hugo Boss by 83 miles. It's been a fast 24 hours on board Temenos II.... [more]
The Superyacht Cup Expands into Asia Superyacht Cup media, The Superyacht Cup has announced a new joint-venture with The Phuket Invitational Superyacht Rendezvous, Thailand. 'We are excited at the opportunity of joining forces with Asia’s Phuket Invitational, pooling our knowledge and expertise to present a very appealing addition to our event calendar' said Spike Thompson, co-founder of The Superyacht Cup.... [more]
Christmas Race Palamos - Day 3 results Sail-world.com/uk, It has been a cloudy, chilly day in Palamós but fortunately no rain. All classes started their races in time and again the three races scheduled have been completed. In the women's 470, Stefanie Rothweiler and Vivien Kussatz (GER) take over the lead from Spain's Marina Gallego and Tamara Echegoyen. Britain's Christina Bassadone and Saskia Clark drop to fifth overall... [more]
Aviva dismasting update - Navy arrives Event media, Naval frigate, HMS Northumberland has lent its support to the rescue of Dee Caffari following the dismasting of Aviva yesterday morning. The sea state has now eased enabling the navy to launch one of their support vessels to deliver a bacon sandwich and medical supplies for Caffari’s minor injuries.... [more]
Open Winter Series at Wilsonian Sailing Club Roy Winnett, A mixture of light airs and strong breezes marred the Open Winter Series at Wilsonian Sailing Club. The scheduled 13 race series was reduced to 11 as two races were abandoned when near gale force winds passed through and although there was an entry of 54 boats the extreme weather conditions resulted in just 18 sailing the six races to count... [more]
Royal Navy stand by the dismasted Aviva Sail-world.com/uk, It is reported that HMS Northumberland, a Royal Navy Type 23 frigate, has diverted to provide assistance to Dee Caffari and her dismasted 60ft yacht, Aviva, last night in the Bay of Biscay... [more]
USA's Rosebud amongst Handicap hotshots for Hobart Susan Maffei Plowden, American Roger Sturgeon's new Farr-designed Rosebud, with a close win over top Australian contender Yendys (Geoff Ross) in the Rolex Rating Series, firmed as a strong prospect to win the Tattersall's Cup, the major trophy of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, awarded to the top yacht on IRC corrected time handicap.... [more]
Rolex Sydney Hobart -Once more with Feeling Jim Gale & Rolex Media, In all honesty it was amazing that British sailor Michele Colenso, the owner of the magnificent cruising yacht Capriccio of Rhu, completed the 2006 Rolex Sydney Hobart. Diagnosed with breast cancer mid way through a round the world cruise, Michele decided that she would enter the race, chemo and radiotherapy notwithstanding.... [more]
Countdown to Aussie Classic- Sailing-World Blog Herb McCormick, There's but one U.S. entry in the fleet, but it's a formidable one. Roger Sturgeon's Farr-designed STP 65 Rosebud has been taking names and kicking butt since her arrival Down Under, racking up IRC handicap victories in both of the big round-the-cans events leading up to the main event, the SOLAS Big Boat regatta and the Rolex Trophy Series. With a win in the Hobart Race, Rosebud could register he... [more]
Yachting NZ takes stance on 2012 Olympic events Yachting NZ, Yachting New Zealand has just issued the following statement regarding the selection of Events for the 2012 Olympic Games. 'The Board of Yachting New Zealand has resolved to make a submission to the ISAF mid year meeting requesting that the events slate for the 2012 Olympic Games be revisited.'... [more]
ISAF World Rankings - Final 2007 positions ISAF, There is just one change amongst the leaders and Spain move clear at the top of the national standings. Mexico’s Tania Elias Calles moves to the top of the Laser Radial Rankings after an impressive performance in at the ISAF Grade 1 Sydney International Regatta in Australia.... [more]
Christmas Racing in Palamos - Day 2 Sail-World.com/uk, Another excellent day of racing in Palamós and alyhough the wind dropped at the end of the day but all races were completed for the 200 sailors representing 20 nations who are participate from 18 to 22 December in the traditional Olympic classes regatta Palamós-Christmas Race, held in the waters of the bay of Palamós (Girona)... [more]
Paprec-Virbac 2 and Hugo Boss - cat and mouse game Barcelona World Race media, Hugo Boss closed to within 12 miles of race leader Paprec-Virbac 2 on Wednesday, before slightly falling back again over the afternoon at the Barcelona World Race. At the 16:00 position report, Hugo Boss was 21 miles behind, but sailing a couple of knots slower. Still, it's been an 18 mile gain over the past day, so the cat and mouse game continues.... [more]
Clipper New York arrive in Fremantle Event media, The big excitement today was the arrival of New York who crossed the finish line at 07:25 local time (22:25 GMT Tuesday 18 December). After 25 days at sea racing between Durban and Fremantle skipper Duggie Gillespie and his team looked happy and relieved to finally reach their destination... [more]
Caffari faces emergency evacuation from Aviva Event media, Aviva’s dismasting early this morning has left Dee Caffari battling against strong winds and big seas in the Bay of Biscay with insufficient fuel to motor to the nearest port in northern Spain where authorities have been placed on stand by for an emergency evacuation later today, if required... [more]
ISAF World Rankings - Final 2007 positions ISAF, There is just one change amongst the leaders and Spain move clear at the top of the national standings. Mexico’s Tania ELIAS CALLES moves to the top of the Laser Radial Rankings after an impressive performance in at the ISAF Grade 1 Sydney International Regatta in Australia.... [more]
British America's Cup team announce slowdown PR, Team Origin, Britain’s Challenge for the America’s Cup, is modifying its plans to aim for competition in 2011. Originally planned for 2009 this date is now seen as the most likely date for an America’s Cup event with multiple challengers. 2009 America’s Cup Match that Team Origin could compete in is extremely unlikely... [more]
Dee Caffari and Aviva dismasted PR, Dee Caffari and Aviva have been dealt a cruel blow in the final stages of the Transat Ecover B to B race, at around 0600hrs UTC, Aviva lost her mast in over 45 knots of wind. This Wednesday morning, Dee Caffari didn’t have much of an opportunity to make port rapidly as the boat could not be manoeuvred and was drifting at two knots... [more]
Lightning strike hits Sodeb'O off Portugal Event media, Less than 24 hours after leaving Ushant, Thomas Coville on the maxi-trimaran Sodeb'O has already left Cape Finisterre in its wake and is currently skirting around a depression to the West of Portugal. After an unscheduled 'lightning strike' at dawn, Thomas Coville is preparing to tackle 45-50 knots of wind in the coming hours, with waves of 5 to 6 metres... [more]
Ernesto uses legal tactics in America's Cup saga Eric Sharp, Freep.com, Ernesto Bertarelli owns Alinghi, the Swiss team that holds the America’s Cup. He said last summer that he would win a court battle with the American Oracle team over the format of the next cup because 'we have the best lawyers.' He was wrong... [more]
Thomson happy with Hugo Boss' progress Alex Thomson onboard Hugo Boss, It's been a fruitful weekend onboard HUGO BOSS. We have been able to reduce the deficit to the leader, Paprec Virbac, by 100Nm. We moved into second place by default at the end of last week; due to a failed engine onboard Veolia Environnement that forced it to stop at the Kerguelen islands. It has cost them about 800Nm.... [more]
Hugo Boss chases Paprec-Virbac 2 in Barcelona Race Barcelona World Race media, Hugo Boss has put on a powerful and impressive display of speed. Skipper Alex Thomson has clawed back over 90 miles in the past 24 hours as Hugo Boss chases Paprec-Virbac 2 up to the Australian safety gate. Both are expected to pass the gate later today before bearing off and heading for Cook Strait; and this afternoon, it's clear the pace of Hugo Boss is making skipper Alex Thomson very happy.... [more]
Spanish AC lay-off staff in Valencia Valencia Life Network, A meeting was called by the Spanish Challenge Syndicate in Valencia Port yesterday, at the end of which it was revealed that 20 out of the eighty-strong membership of the syndicate would be given their marching orders... [more]
Glenn Bourke resigns from Volvo Ocean Race Volvo PR, Glenn Bourke has resigned from his position as CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race. Forty-seven-year-old Bourke’s decision, a very difficult one he said, was taken for family reasons. He has held the position since November 2002 and helped establish the Volvo as the world’s leading offshore ocean race... [more]
Gold & Silver day for Brits at SIRS Di Pearson / G New, The small British group of sailors taking part in the Sydney International Regatta made up for lack of numbers with some great perfomances. Ben Ainslie sweept back into the Finn class to take Gold, while Paul Campbell-James and Mark Asquith won Silver in the 49er as did Leigh McMillan and Will Howden in the Tornado... [more]
Gold for Ainslie at SIRS Di Pearson, Ben Ainslie (GBR) has cleaned up in the Finn class at the Grade One Sydney International Regatta which finished on Sydney Harbour earlier. Ainslie won two of the final day's three races, while his great rival for the 2008 Olympic berth, Ed Wright, finished the regatta in fifth overall.... [more]
McMillan and Howden take Tornado silver in Sydney Di Pearson, The first of the medals at the Sydney International Regatta were decided when Darren Bundock/Glenn Ashby (AUS) crossed the finish line in the final Race 9 just after midday to claim the gold medal, with the British team of Leigh McMillan/Will Howden taking silver and brothers Tino and Niko Mittlemeier (GER) carting off the bronze medal... [more]
Second sailor sets out to beat MacArthur's Record Des Ryan, While Francis Joyon is almost/more than half way round the world on his Ellen MacArthur record breaking attempt, another Frenchman is chasing in his wake. Thomas Coville crossed the official start line of the single-handed round the world record attempt yesterday at 18 hours 43 minutes and 21 seconds UTC.... [more]
Triple Treat for Wild Oats Tony Wilmot, Super-Maxi Wild Oats X1 is a firm $1.65 favourite at Sportingbet Australia to take Sydney to Habart line honours for the third successive year.... [more]
Veolia Environnement dismasted in Southern Ocean Barcelona World Race media, Veolia Environnement, lying in third place in the Barcelona World Race, was sailing in 22 knots of wind with full mainsail and gennaker, when they were hit by a stronger 30 knot gust of wind forcing the boat to 'nose-dive' into a 2-3 metre wave - the mast broke suddenly 3.5 to 4 metres up from the deck. The position at the time of dismasting was 48 49.49N, 82 42.41E.... [more]
Heavy weather due for back of the fleet Barcelona World Race media, Those at the back of the Barcelona World Race fleet are preparing for heavy weather. Educación sin Fronteras will be the first to get hit, with the winds forecast to rise above 40 knots over the next 24 hours, as a classic Southern Ocean depression is poised to sweep the fleet in the coming days.... [more]
Liverpool 08 joins the Clipper fleet in Fremantle clipper-ventures.com, New York had 290 miles to run to the finish line at the mouth of Fremantle's Swan River at 12 noon GMT on Monday. The US team has continued to race hard ever since the successful medical evacuation of crew Tony Peters following a head injury on the second day of Race 4 from Durban... [more]
America's Cup E-Mailbag Various correspondents, Another letter as the life is slowly choked out of the 2009 America's Cup. Sail-World is happy to publish our readers' views an opinions on the America's Cup: Please address your contributions to email@example.com... [more]
Samantha Davies (Roxy) finishes seventh in BtoB Event media, British skipper Samantha Davies on Roxy, crossed the finish line off Port la Forêt, Brittany this Monday morning at 07 hours 38 minutes 46 seconds UTC, after 17 days 17 hours 38 minutes 46 seconds of racing. Davis finished in seventh place, next to finish was Yannick Bestaven (Cervin EnR)... [more]
MacArthurs Round the World record in danger Event media, Francis Joyon continues to claim records: 'I hold the record between Good Hope and Leeuwin? I am amazed... This is the class, right?' With four records already in his pocket since the departure from Brest (Ecuador, Good Hope, 24 hours, Leuwin), Joyon is again at over 20 knots, on a daily average, which is almost 540 miles a day.... [more]
X-41 voted Best Crossover - Boat of the Year 2008 Robert McClelland, Sailing World magazine has announced the winners of the biggest annual honours in sailboat building, the Boat of the Year awards. The X-41 One-Design took the award for Best Crossover, a boat that bestrides the gulf between racer and cruiser with aplomb. An independent panel of experts picked the winners from the 17 nominated boats announced during the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland, in O... [more]
New Women’s Open Keelboat Championship PR, 2008 will see the inaugural Women’s Open Keelboat Championship hosted on the 7 and 8 June by the Royal Southern Yacht Club, Hamble. The new event aims to attract female sailors to a weekend of high quality racing on the Solent in a range of keelboats... [more]
Saddam's Superyacht for Sale Des Ryan, Saddam Hussein ordered it in 1981, and it was built in Helsingor, the city of Shakespeare's Hamlet, by Danish shipyard Helsingor Vaerft. But curiously Saddam never took delivery of it. It was in the second year of the Iran/Iraq War, and maybe he had other things on his mind... [more]
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