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14 Jan 2008

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Flying Again - Uffa Fox Flying 25 sails again,
The Flying 25 was the largest of Uffa's Flying series of open keelboats. She is reputed to have been so fast she frightened some of the crew! The new build by Paul Woodman in Australia uses modern materials and an asymmetric spinnaker - she should scream on a reach... [more]

Foiling Moth wins Bloody Mary (almost),
Line honours in the Bloody Mary went to Graham Vials in a foiling Moth, but as he was not eligible for the main prize, the Bloody Mary went to Rob Greenhalgh and Dan Johnson in their International 14... [more]

Ever popular Fashion Show at London Boat Show
That essential and ever popular Boat Show feature, the Fashion Show, brightened the opening day at the 2008 London Boat Show. Useful for the skipper looking for something to kit his stalwart crew in . . . . . .... [more]

18 footer Season heats up: MacBank Perspective
Jack Macartney,
Now a third of the way through the season and the Australian Titles underway, all the skiff teams have stepped up their programmes targeting the JJ Giltinan World Titles in February. For many of the skiffs the season so far has revolved around rig development with many of the top teams opting to build new 1 rigs to keep up the Bat Wing mainsail phenomenon!... [more]

Day 1 at Takapuna RS:X Worlds in New Zealand,
Day One at the 2008 RS:X Worlds at Takapuna, Auckland. The 58 windsurfers in the Mens Yellow group and an equal number in the Blue fleet, enjoyed postcard sailing conditions. After two races completed for both fleets Shahar Zubari of Isreal, Tom Ashley (NZL) and Ivan Pastor Lafuente (ESP) head the Men's event, all on four points and Alessandra Sensini of Italy the Women... [more]

Images from Day 1 - 2008 RS:X Worlds
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Sail-World's camera was on the water today and captured the action on Day 1 of the 2008 RS:X World Championships sailed off Takapuna, New Zealand.... [more]

18 Footers Australian Championship Race 2
Frank Quealy,
NSW champions Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Robert Bell have grabbed the lead in the Australian Championship after bringing their skiff Gotta Love It 7 home the winner of Race 2 on Sydney Harbour today.... [more]

Grey Power - 82 year old leads Dragon Nationals
Peter Campbell,
Veteran international Dragon sailor Gordon Ingate's Whim leads the 2008 Prince Philip Cup going into the final day of racing. Sydney yachtsman Ingate, nearing 82 years of age and probably 70 years or more of sailing, has represented Australia at the Olympics, the America’s Cup, the Admiral’s Cup and finished a close second in the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 35 years ago. Images courtesy of Tasmanian... [more]

Another mast climb for Joyon on IDEC2
Event (translation),
Fancis Joyon has climbed the mast on IDEC for a third time. After resting and getting some instruction from his shore crew, Joyon went aloft again. A little ointment and some pain killers for his injured ankle and the bruises from the earlier climbs.... [more]

New York -Liverpool neck and neck Clipper 07-08
The battle for the two top spots in this race continues as each of the teams on New York and Liverpool 08 try to out sail each other. Only seven miles separated the two boats at the last poll as the Clipper 2007-2008 fleet heads for the stage finishline in the Singapore Straits.... [more]

China's Super-Rich Buying Yachts
Claudia Blume, China Confidential,
For boat manufacturers, the yachting market of the future is China, where luxury sailing yachts and motorboats are becoming the ultimate accessory of the super-rich. New marinas are being developed, and the government is promoting sailing ahead of next year's Olympics. Claudia Blume reports from Hong Kong.... [more]

200 windsurfers from 48 countries for RS:X Worlds
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Despite being on the other side of the world for many competitors the 2008 RS:X World Championships at Takapuna Boating Club has attracted maximum entries including the best of the best. 48 countries are represented at the event which starts on Sunday 13 January and runs through until Saturday 19 Jan... [more]

At last a sensible Bouyancy Aid
At last someone has produced a sensible Bouyancy Aid. The bulky, high on the chest style, with straps and pockets everywhere, produced over the past years, has been the scourge of the dinghy sailor. Gill have looked anew at the problem and seem to have a winner... [more]

Shot Cruising Sailor Kills Intruder on Yacht
Achadtaya Chuenniran, Bkk Post/Carl Parkes,
Phuket, Thailand:An armed man, thought to be a foreigner to Thailand, died from deep cuts he sustained during a fight with the New Zealander owner of a boat, according to police. The fight took place on board a yacht moored at the Chalong pier around 11.30pm on Wednesday. The owner of the yacht, who had sailed from New Zealand with his wife and children, was identified as Pierre Alain Oberson, 50... [more]

Joyon in mast climb to save rig
Event media (translation),
Two rig failures put Francis Joyon's round the world receord attempt in danger of collapsing last night. One is the failure of the main sail halyard which last night forced the skipper of IDEC in a perilous ascent in the mast. There he discovered more rig damage... [more]

Alderton/McAullay Flying 15 Australian Champions,
After the final day of the Flying 15 Australian Nationals, at the Geraldton Yacht Club in Western Australia, Grant Alderton and Dean McAullay are the new 2008 Champions... [more]

Battle of the London Boat Shows - Round 2
Gerald New,
The 2008 Collins Stewart London Boat Show was officially launched Friday at ExCeL by actor Griff Rhys Jones, along with boating legend Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. This is the second major Boat Show in London within two months - the Whyte & Mackay Boat Show was held at Earls Court just before Christmas... [more]

America's Cup: Valencia docking concession ends
Valencia Life,
Following the end of the ACM concession on the America's Cup bases in Valencia Port in December 2007. The Valencia Mayoress, Rita Barbera, has been meeting with the local Economy Conseller to study the possibility of returning the dock to its normal function... [more]

Bladerider Moth update from Forceracing
Andrew Brown,,
The weekend before Christmas I packed the boat in its little box and thanks to Oceanbridge Shipping flew the boat to Melbourne. I arrived in Melbourne for a five day Bladerider team training camp. Each day was approximately 12 hours long with lots of changes going on and a lot of sailing as well.... [more]

Joyon sets another Round the World record
Event media,
Francis Joyon crossed the Equator Thursday and in so doing, his maxi trimaran IDEC set a new record time for a single-handed yachtsman. Pushed along by a trade wind punctuated by a few squalls, which give an indication that the Doldrums are not far away, IDEC today had her best day since rounding the Horn, clocking up 533 miles... [more]

40 entries expected for Artemis Transat 2008
OC Events,
Just four months to go until the start of The Artemis Transat, the oldest solo race in the history of ocean racing. Up to 40 IMOCA 60 and Class 40 racing yachts are expected to gather at Sutton Harbour, Plymouth for the 13th edition of the race that will see the skippers face 2,800 miles of tough racing across the treacherous North Atlantic to Boston (USA).... [more]

Hugo Boss heads for Cape Horn
Alex Thomson Racing,
This part of the southern ocean hasn't quite lived up to its reputation and although we have been forced further north than normal we have rarely seen more then 20 knots of wind and the downwind sails have stayed in their bags.... [more]

46th Australian International OK Dinghy titles
Richard Furneaux ,
The OK Dinghy Nationals are underway at Black Rock Yacht Club in Melbourne and have attracted thirty two entries from NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania and includes two young women and several juniors.... [more]

Alderton and McAullay lead Flying 15 AUS Champs
Gerald New,
After Day 5 at the Flying 15 Australian Nationals, at the Geraldton Yacht Club in Western Australia Grant Alderton and Dean McAullay have now a scoreline of 1, 1, 1, 3, 2, 1... [more]

Krakatoa welcomes Clipper fleet to Indonesia
Liverpool and New York continue their slow-mo battle for the lead after passing Nova Scotia. Watching the leading four boats is proving to be very exciting. With a new leader almost every schedule as they each try different tactics and are affected by the numerous rain clouds typical of the Monsoon trough... [more]

New Multihull debuts at ISAF Youth Worlds
Gerald New,
The SL16, which will debut at the ISAF Youth World Championship in Denmark this year, is a catamaran designed in 2003 by Yves Loday and has was designated by the ISAF as the multihull boat for youth sailors last year... [more]

Audi Etchells Australian Champs ready to roll
Suellen Hurling,
Crews are ready for the off at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron for the Audi Etchells Australian Championship being held on the waters of Moreton Bay from the 11-18 January - Sailing starts Sunday... [more]

Young Guns for Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World
Young sailing stars will be looking to Arhus in Denmark as the new year begins - the future stars of the sailing world are aiming towards the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship this July. The 38th edition of the event, which is expected to attract over 250 young sailors from more than 60 nations, heads to Denmark for the first time... [more]

Enjoy some Caribbean regatta racing in April
Claire Kennard,
Global Yacht Racing has some last minute availability on a Beneteau 47.7 for the fantastic Antigua Sailing Week regatta so if you fancy some Caribbean sailing action in April then get off the couch and start sailing!... [more]

Paprec-Virbac 2 streaks towards Cape Horn
Barcelona World Race media,
Damian Foxall is projecting an early afternoon (GMT) rounding of the Horn as the race leader looks to leave the cold and stress of the South in its wake. Behind, Hugo Boss has stabilised its position, remaining just a shade over 1000 miles in arrears. The second place team has better wind now and is moving at good speed.... [more]

RS:X Worlds start at Takapuna on Sunday
The media conference to open the 2008 RS:X World Championships took place at the Takapuna Boating Club this morning.The event which runs over a week will involve 200 sailors from 49 countries, 55 registered coaches, 300 volunteers plus families, media and spectators. Two NZ competitors Barbara Kendall and Tom Ashley have been confirmed as part of the New Zealand Olympic sailing team already... [more]

Bundock and Ashby win Tornado Asia Pacific Regatta
Di Pearson,
Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby (AUS) today won both races to take out the Tornado Asia Pacific Regatta at Somers Yacht Club on the Mornington Peninsula. Leigh McMillan and Will Howden from Great Britain rounded out fifth place.... [more]

Tom Schnackenberg on the nuances of barge design,
Sounds like a bit of a barge to me? 'Well if you use the same process to determine the waterline beam, then you go down at one point and you continue under water until you come up at another point and that’s 90ft away, so yes I suppose ‘barge’ would probably be the best single word to describe what we are talking about.'... [more]

Silver for Morrison and Rhodes at 49er Worlds
Beijing-bound sailors Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes got their Olympic year off to a medal-winning start, clinching silver at the 49er World Championship which concluded in Melbourne Wednesday. The duo, defending the world title they won in Cascais in 2007, clinched silver behind the home pairing of Nathan Outteridge and Ben Austin... [more]

Joyon now 12 days ahead of MacArthur record
Des Ryan,
After some slower sailing due to lower wind speeds, Francis Joyon on his giant trimaran IDEC, is now travelling north up the Atlantic Ocean, heading for home. All going well, he will reach the equator sometime tomorrow, making it in about 48 days.... [more]

Brits take Under 19 29er World Gold in Melbourne
RYA Youth Squad pair Max Richardson and Alex Groves have double cause for celebration after being crowned Under 19 World 29er Champions and clinching a hard-fought overall bronze at the 29er World Championships in Australia... [more]

Outteridge and Austin new 49er World Champions
Teri Dodds /,
Nathan Outteridge and Ben Austin of Australia are the new 49er World Champions. Tied in the overall lead going into the final medal race with defending champions, Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes of Britain, the Aussie pair won the Medal race with Morrison and Rhodes in third place... [more]

2008 Rolex Miami OCR: The World at its Door
Barby MacGowan,
As the January 21 'early deadline' draws near, US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR, scheduled for January 27 to February 2, 2008, is shaping up nicely as an international primer for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Qingdao, China this August. 25 nations including the USA, Canada and Great Britain have entered over 100 teams... [more]

Aussies take 29er World Championship,
Steve Thomas and Jasper Warren of Australia won the 29er World Championship ahead of Byron White and Will Ryan, also from Australia. Max Richardson and Alex Groves of Britain finished third and Bleddyn Mon nad Tom Humpherys (GBR) fourth... [more]

Last Chance . . . Thailand + Your Fireball = World
Event media,
You thought it was to late! well this is your final chance to grab a container spot for the 2008 Fireball Worlds Championships. Just two spots remain in the final UK container for this years Championship. Taking place in March at the fabulous Royal Veruna Yacht Club, Pattaya, Thailand. If you haven't a boat we also have a helm who is looking for a crew!... [more]

Gifford / Brown triumph at first National 12 Open
Nat 12 media,
The National Twelves’ first meeting of the year took place at Ranelagh SC on Sunday 6 January for the venerable Royal Thames YC Trophy. Antony Gifford and juliet Brown sailed consistently to win, with just 40 seconds separating the first three... [more]

Archipelago Raid 2008 set for June 13th start
Event media/Camilla Green,
For five intense days and nights a maximum of 35 teams will navigate the amazing labyrinth of thousands of islands and rocks on Formula 18 catamarans. The race has established itself as one of the toughest, non-stop, extreme sailing and orienteering competitions. It brings out the best sailors and adventurers worldwide to brave the beauty of the Stockholm, Åland and Finnish archipelagos... [more]

Ainslie joins Team GB for Beijing Games
Double Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie will have the chance to defend his Olympic crown in Beijing, as the 30-year-old is one of nine sailors to have today been officially selected by the British Olympic Association to compete at the 2008 Games... [more]

Morrison/Rhodes take it to the wire at 49er Worlds / Di Pearson,
Britain's Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes are tied in the lead with Australia’s Nathan Outteridge and Ben Austin at the 49er World Championships in Melbourne. With just one series race and the Medal race to go, the British pair pulled up from sixth to tie the lead today... [more]

McMillan and Howden hunting down podium finish / Di Pearson,
Britain's Leigh McMillan and Will Howden stayed in the battle for a podium finish at the Australian Tornado series being held at Sail Melbourne. Finishing second behind series leaders Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby (AUS), they then finished the day with a fourth place to stay fourth overall... [more]

Swedish beauty arrives for St. Maarten Regatta
Event media,
The beautiful Swedish built Havsormen, a wooden classic yacht has come across the Atlantic for the first time ever to participate in the Caribbean classic St. Maarten - St. Martin Classic Yacht Regatta the third week of January... [more]

Images from New Zealand Flying Fifteen Nationals
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
We have some - lots - of images mages shot on the final day of the New Zealand Flying Fifteen Nationals by our NZL Editor, Richard Gladwell... [more]

Nova Scotia takes lead from Liverpool 08
Clipper Event media,
Nova Scotia have increased the lead they gained last night over Liverpool - now 13 miles ahead at 18:00hrs. The fleet hit light winds Monday night of less than five knots and Liverpool 08 lost their pole position to Nova Scotia overnight. During Tuesday Nova Scotia have built on that lead to keep both Liverpool and New York in their wake... [more]

Paprec-Virbac 2 closing in on Cape Horn
Barcelona World Race media,
'It's (Cape Horn) the gateway to the Atlantic and the exit from the Southern Ocean. The thing about the Southern Ocean is that it's constant and it feels like it is just never-ending,' says Damian Foxall, from on board Paprec-Virbac 2.... [more]

White and Ryan (AUS) take lead at 29er Worlds,
After the second day of the final series at the 29er Worlds, Byron White and Will Ryan of Australia have taken the lead. Four more races were completed for the Gold fleet... [more]

New Zealand team wins Star Levin Memorial Cup,
Hamish Pepper and Carl Williams from New Zealand won the Star Levin Memorial Cup, sailed on Biscayne Bay (Florida) on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th January... [more]

Upheaval worth it for new Streaker from Rooster
The Streaker class has just been given a facelift and production is in full swing for the 2008 season. The new Epoxy Streaker, originally produced in 2006 had some mould quality and build techniques that required a small modification of the class rules. Getting these rules changed proved to be more than Rooster boss, Steve Cockerill anticipated . . . was it worth it?... [more]

Liverpool 08 crew keep their cool in soaring heat
Clipper Event media,
In soaring temperatures the crew of Liverpool 08 have kept their cool and are clinging onto their lead ahead of Nova Scotia and Durban. The Clipper yachts are now fewer than 200 miles from the Christmas Island which lies directly between them and the Sunda Straits where the fleet will round the first waypoint of Race 5.... [more]

Paprec-Virbac 2 running away from Hugo Boss
Barcelona World Race media,
There are a few tough days ahead for Hugo Boss as the race leader, Paprec-Virbac 2 has hooked into a nice Southern Ocean low and is running away, while Hugo Boss is stuck in very mild conditions - in every sense of the word. 'There is a lot of rain and gusty winds, up to 35 knots. It's very difficult to sail the boat,' Jean-Pierre said. The consolation is a boat speed approaching 20 knots.... [more]

Clean Sweep for Aussies at International Canoes
Christian Knott /,
Australia have won the International Canoe Challenge Cup in a clean sweep of the World Champion, Junior World Champion and International Challenge Cup to the Aussies. Hayden Virtue of Australia is the new IC World Champion - Chris Maas (USA) the Development Canoe champion and John Robson (GBR) won the Assymmetric event... [more]

Bekkering and Kisters (NED) new leaders 29er World
Di Pearson /,
The 29er World Championship took a turn today and a new overall leader emerged - Annemiek Bekkering and Jeske Kisters from The Netherlands took the lead of the Championship today after four races. Their six point lead over nearest rivals, James Peters and Ed Fitzgerald (GBR) is well deserved... [more]

Spanish snatch lead in 49er Worlds
Di Pearson/,
Athens Gold medallists and 2006 world champions Iker Martinez/Xabier Fernandez from Spain took the Gold fleet lead on the first day of the Final series at Sail Melbourne today lead of the series. Previous leaders Australia’s Nathan Outteridge/Ben Austin are now third; Britains Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes finished in overall sixth for the day... [more]

Australians hold lead Tornado Asia Pacific Regatta
Di Pearson,
Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby (AUS) continue to lead the Tornado Asia Pacific Regatta being hosted by Somers Yacht Club on the Mornington Peninsula at Sail Melbourne today.... [more]

Rydge and Spencer win Aust Flying Dutchman Champs
Event media,
The Australian Flying Dutchman Championships were won by Norman Rydge (NSW) and Jordan Spencer (SA) with a race to spare. With seven races over five days, there was opportunity for a variety of conditions and Adelaide didn’t disappoint. A strong heat wave settled over SA at the start of the regatta and never really disappeared.... [more]

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