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The completion of Francis Joyon's solo round the world circumnavigation ended in the early hours of Sunday when he crossed the start/finish line near Brest in France, aboard his 30 metre trimaran IDEC2, to set a new solo round the world of 57 days, 13 hours, 34 minutes and 6 seconds. That takes 14 days, 44 minutes and 27 seconds from the preceding record, held since 2005 by the Britain's Dame Ellen MacArthur.

This was a phenomenal performance by the Frenchman, who has has handled the whole event with a remarkable calmness. Even when the voyage became threatened in the final stages with rigging problems threatening to dismast his yacht, Joyon continued calmly to go about his day to day routine, commenting later:

'It's a bit hard going, after my problems with the storm jib Monday I noticed signs of wear and tear throughout the boat. I lost a little confidence in my rigging and note that it's beginning to give up a bit everywhere.'

Down in Melbourne the Asia Pacific regatta ended on a high note for the Team GBR sailors taking part. Five medals were won, with Ben Ainsle winning the Finn, Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield the 470 and Paul Goodison the Laser. Plus a Silver in the Finn for Ed Wright and a Bronze for Leigh McMillan and Will Howden in the Tornado event.

Take a look also at the results and images from the 2008 RS:X World Championships in New Zealand, the Clipper finish off Singapore and lots of other news and images from around the world.

Good sailing!

Gerald New
UK Editor

By Gerald New,

Triple Gold for Brits at Sail Melbourne Regatta
By Di Pearson /,
Britain's sailors came good on the final day of the Asia Pacific Regatta in Melbourne, taking three Gold, a Silver and a Bronze. Ainsle won the Finn, Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield the 470 and Paul Goodison the Laser. Britain also added a Silver in the Finn for Ed Wright and a Bronze for Leigh McMillan and Will Howden in the Tornado to complete a great regatta.... [more]

Bryony versus Windward Mark - RSX Worlds
By Richard Gladwell,,
Sail-World's Richard Gladwell got this great sequence of Bryony Shaw (GBR) tackling the windward mark in the 2008 RS:X World Championships Medal Race in New Zealand - - The mark won!... [more]

Satellites Rescue 353 in USA alone in 2007
'Don't leave home without your PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) but make sure it is a 406' - that's the message from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), whose satellites located 353 people for rescue organisations in 2007 - in the USA and its surrounding waters alone.... [more]

Rooster 8.1 wins Manly Pole, Alinghi rules race
By Event media,
A Rooster 8.1 recently won the prestigious Manly Pole dinghy race for the McMillan Cup (Auld Mug), sailed on the sparkling waters of the Hauraki Gulf in New Zealand, home of the America's Cup when it's in NZL hands. The Rooster 8.1 is Steve Cockerill's take on the Laser, adding a slightly longer bottom mast section and a specially designed 8.1 square metre sail... [more]

Joyon Round the World in 57.57 Days
By Sail-World,
At 23:35 GMT 51 year old sailor Francis Joyon sailed across the start finish line near Brest in France aboard his his 30 metre trimaran IDEC to set a new solo round the world of 57 days, 13 hours, 34 minutes and 6 seconds. That takes 14 days, 44 minutes and 27 seconds from the preceding record, held since 2005 by the Britain's Dame Ellen MacArthur.... [more]

Samba Pa Ti wins Fort Lauderdale-Key West
By Dana Paxton,
John Kilroy's Samba Pa Ti grabbed an IRC trifecta in the 33rd annual Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race: first to finish, first in IRC class A and first for IRC overall on corrected time. The event was the 2008 kick-off for the annual US-IRC Gulf Stream Series. Winning IRC B was Stuart Hebb (Coral Gables, Fla.) on the Aerodyne 38 Thin Ice... [more]

Foilers added for John Merricks Tiger Trophy
By Event media,
Apparently in reaction to the criticism of the organisation of the recent Bloody Mary results, when the winning foiling Moth was not eligible for the Trophy, additional boat classes have been added at the upcoming Tiger Trophy at Rutland Water SC - including foiling versions... [more]

Ashley and Sensini take World Titles
By Jodie Bakewell-White,
Tom Ashley from New Zealand has secured the 2008 RS:X Men's World Championship in the medal race sailed in blustery conditions off Takapuna beach. Alessandra Sensini of Italy has taken out the women's title with a win in the medal race today.... [more]

Sensational Sensini wins 2008 RSX Worlds
Bright blue skies and a 20-knot easterly for the Women's Medal Race at the RS: X World Championships, in Takapuna New Zealand. Triple Olympic Medallist Alessandra Sensini of Italy led the fleet race from the start and won from Barbara Kendall. In the Men's fleet Tom Ashley from New Zealand is the new World Champion... [more]

Pos.Vacant - Participation and Training Manager
By Yachting Australia,
Yachting Australia seeks to appoint a full-time Participation and Training Manager. The Participation and Training Manager will be responsible for leading and managing the provision of quality boating training in Australia and creating an environment and culture within yachting that encourages the sport to seek to attract new participants.... [more]

Jason Muir wins Etchells Australian Championship
By Suellen Hurling,
Jason Muir, Matt Chew, Paul Wyatt and Darren Jones sailing Racer XY are the 2008 Audi Etchells Australian Champions after a count back defeating New Zealand sailor Alistair Gair with David Ridley, Carl Peters and Derek Scott. Muir and Gair were the only two crews to finish the regatta with two first places keeping them 12 points ahead of the fleet... [more]

Robert Deaves looks at the Finn Gold Cup
By Robert Deaves,
Over the next two weeks, Finn fans from across the world will be turning their full attention to Port Phillip Bay, Australia as the class's world championship, The Finn Gold Cup, gets underway this weekend at Black Rock Yacht Club. - The two questions that are uppermost in many people's minds are who will qualify for the remaining six places at the summer Olympics, and can Ben Ainslie (GBR) win an... [more]

Kochi confirmed as Indian stopover for Volvo
By PR,
Kochi, in the Indian state of Kerala, is confirmed as the host of the second stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race in December 2008. The Indian stopover will come at the end of the second leg of the race from Cape Town, South Africa. Kochi will be the first of three new ports in Asia... [more]

Brits inline for Medals at Sail Melbourne finals
By Di Pearson / Gerald new,
With just the Medal races to come, Brits are lined up for podium places in at least four events - leading two and in the top three in two others, a total of seven GBR teams have made it into the top ten for the final day races. - Britain's Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield lead the 470 event at the Sail Melbourne regatta and Ben Ainslie recovered the lead in the Finn event... [more]

Kendall and Ashley NZL lead into RS:X Medal Races
By Jodie Bakewell-White,
The top sailors at the RS:X World Championships in Takapuna, New Zealand sailed just one race Friday following which the overall standings determine the top ten to sail tomorrow's medal race. Britain's Nick Dempsey and Bryony Shaw both made it into the Medal races on Saturday... [more]

Eddie Warden Owen takes over at RORC
By PR,
The Royal Ocean Racing Club today announced the management changes with the appointment of Eddie Warden Owen as its Chief Executive Officer from late February and Ian Loffhagen as the new Racing Manager.... [more]

Francis Joyon ETA Brest finish Saturday night
By Event media,
Exactly as he planned yesterday, Francis Joyon is working hard today to find the best sailing conditions for the final few days of his round the world voyage. With 1100 miles to go to the finish, Francis is now expected to arrive in Brest sometime on Saturday night. Caution is still very much the watchword as he listens to his boat, worn out after 55 days of sailing and with more than 25,000 miles... [more]

Action images from Sail Melbourne
By Media Services,
Images of from the Sail Melbourne Asia Pacific Regatta, courtesy of Richard Langdon - [more]

Snakes & ladders for Ainslie and Wright
By Di Pearson / Gerald New,
Britain's Ed Wright and Ben Ainslie continued to slog it out in the Finn event at the Asia Pacific Regatta in Melbourne. Racing out of Black Rock Yacht Club, the Finns started their Final series Thursday with Races 7 and 8 - and just four points separating the top three sailors. In the men´s 470, Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield (GBR) moved into second spot and Leigh McMillan and Will Howden (GBR) ar... [more]

Kiwis head for double Gold at RS:X Worlds
By Jodie Bakewell-White,
New Zealand sailors are in Gold position in the men and women's events at the RS:X World Championships after day four of racing off Takapuna. In light, shifty conditions it was a very physical racing for the gold fleets that were first on the water. Consistency was elusive for many competitors.... [more]

New 8-in. OneTouch Winch Handle from Lewmar
By Julie Turne,
Like the original 10-in. version, the smaller winch handle has the same patented 'OneTouch' mechanism to allow sailors to squeeze the release lever (which runs the entire length of the handle) and pull to unlock in one quick, easy motion.... [more]

America's Cup E-Mailbag
By 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 [more]

Takapuna: Day 4 RS:X Worlds Images
By Richard Gladwell,
Images from Takapuna: Day 4 RS:X Worlds... [more]

35 States, 18 countries at Key West 2008
By Rob Kothe,
Acura Key West is a unique regatta of national and international acclaim. There are 35 states represented at Acura Key West 2008 and an impressive 18 countries. Off the stick you'd imagine that Florida would have the biggest number, but you would be wrong. That honor goes to New York State with 31 boats, then its Florida with 24, California is close with 23.... [more]

Crewed French Championship within Deauville Week
By Kate Jennings,
The French Sailing Federation (FFV) has recently announced the integration of Deauville International Week in the Crewed French Championship for the first time. The Crewed French Championship will make the most of 2008 to gather together the best French and European crews and also testify to the dynamism of the Mumm 30 class... [more]

RYA Winter Challenge Match Racing Series Finals
The countdown to the highly-anticipated RYA Winter Challenge Match Racing Series Finals is hotting up as the qualifiers get underway again this weekend (19-20 January) after the Christmas break. Newly-crowned world match racing champion Ian Williams has already booked his spot... [more]

Bens Back . . . . Ainslie into lead of Finns
By Di Pearson / Gerald New,
It's only the warm up for the Finn Gold Cup later, but Ben Ainslie is never one to rest on his laurels. Two wins on day three of the Sail Melbourne regatta - as early series leader Ed Wright had a mediocre day, finishing third and tenth – propelled Ainslie into the overall lead. Wright is now second overall but with the same points as Ainslie... [more]

Jamaica and Qingdao complete Clipper finishers
By PR,
All ten of the internationally backed boats of the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are now moored in Nongsa Point Marina, Batam, Indonesia, where they are preparing for Saturday's arrival in Singapore. Thursday at 05:55 GMT Jamaica crossed the finish line 20 miles off Singapore in ninth place. Qingdao followed at approximately 11:00 GMT with the exact time to be confirmed.... [more]

Brisbane Crew lead Etchells Championship
By Suellen Hurling,
The light and challenging conditions being faced on the eastern waters of Moreton Bay have seen the fleet split in each race of the regatta so far. Race 5 also resulted in a broken mast and damaged halyard for two boats in the fleet, even though the breeze never reached above 14 knots.... [more]

Joyon completes another mast climb
By Event media,
Taking advantage of a (relative) calm in the weather and a cleaner swell, yesterday Francis went back up the 32-metre mast of his maxi-trimaran, IDEC, for the fourth time in five days. After an hour and a half of work balanced at the top in his climbing harness, he came back down, visibly pleased with the state of what he saw and the repair that was carried out on the weakened anchor point... [more]

Britain's Blondes in a Boat fly to Miami
By Neil Watson / The Daily Mail,
Britain's Blondes in a Boat fly to Miami next Monday to defend their world title, Sarah Ayton's hand will be on the tiller in Florida and in Chinese waters at the Olympics. Ayton calculates the year's costs amount to £360,000. The total bill is close to £700,000... [more]

Hugo Boss reduces Paprec-Virbac 2's lead
By Barcelona World Race media,
Over the past day, second-place Hugo Boss has taken a full 179 miles out of the 800 mile lead Paprec-Virbac had painstakingly built over the first two months of the race. But since yesterday's 16:00 GMT position report, Hugo Boss has been quite slow, sailing in an area of very little wind for the moment. This is providing a respite of sorts for race leader Paprec-Virbac 2 who have bled over 200 mi... [more]

Golding to receive CCA award
By Dana Paxton,
Mike Golding was selected by the Cruising Club of America to receive its 2007 Rod Stephens Trophy for Outstanding Seamanship for his heroic rescue of Alex Thomson in the Southern Ocean during the 2006 Velux 5 Oceans Race. This is a perpetual trophy to recognize 'an act of seamanship which significantly contributes to the safety of a yacht or one or more individuals at sea.'... [more]

Sail Melbourne - Leading results after day 2
Sail Melbourne Leading results after day 2 for the Finn, 470, Laser, Laser Radial and Tornado. Finn - Ed Wright (GBR) - - Tornado - Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby (AUS) - - Laser - Andrew Murdoch (NZL) - - 470 Men - Nathan Wilmot and Malcolm Page (AUS) - - 470 Women - Erin Maxwell and Isabelle Kinsolving (USA) - - Radial - Sari Multala (FIN)... [more]

Wright On - Ed Wright continues to lead the Finn
By Di Pearson /,
Britain´s Ed Wright continues to lead the Finn event at the Asia Pacific Regatta at Sail Melbourne after day two. In the men´s 470, Nic Asher and Elliot Willis (GBR) are placed third and similarly in the Tornado event, Leigh McMillan and Will Howden (GBR) also third... [more]

Dempsey wins first race at RSX Worlds day 3
By Jodie Bakewell-White,
Britain's Nick Dempsey won his first race on day 3 of the 2008 RSX Worlds in New Zealand - Windsurfers at the Championships waited ashore with another postponement on day three of the regatta until a breeze filled from the south. Local sailors lead with both Tom Ashley and Barbara Kendall of New Zealand topping the leader board going into the rest day... [more]

Joyon plans mast climb today on IDEC
By Event media,
With the change in wind direction, Francis is waiting in particular for the swell to improve. When the sea calms down, he will be able to make his fourth climb back up the mast. A crucial moment in this round the world voyage, as it will enable Francis to work out just how much he can get out of his machine before the finish. - 'I've lost confidence in my spectra lashings and I can see that they a... [more]

Knox-Johnston Raymarine YJA Yachtsman of the Year
By ,
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston won the prestigious title of Raymarine/YJA Yachtsman of the Year – making it a double for the boys, following Laurence Greenough taking the title of Raymarine Young Sailor of the Year... [more]

Images from Takapuna - Day 3 of RSX Worlds
By Richard Gladwell,,
Images from Takapuna - Day 3 of RSX Worlds... [more]

Antarctica Cup Ocean Race starts Jan 26 2008
By Bob Williams,
Russian adventure sailor Fedor Konyukhov will set out on his solo record attempt around Antarctica on January 26 – Australia Day.... [more]

IRC competition tough at Acura Key West 2008
By Talbot Wilson,
It's the second event of the 2008 Gulf Stream Series and 20 IRC entries in two classes will be on the starting line for Acura Key West 2008 and the second event of the third annual Gulf Stream Series January 21-25th... [more]

Clipper - New York take second Clipper victory
By Clipper event media,
The Clipper New York held off Liverpool 08 to cross the finish line off Singapore at 14:12 GMT Monday to win the leg from Fremantle to Singapore. Liverpool 08 finished four hours and ten minutes later at 18:22 GMT to secure their third podium position of the Clipper 07-08 Race... [more]

Hugo Boss gains on Paprec-Virbac 2's lead
By Barcelona World Race media,
At the front of the fleet, race leader Paprec-Virbac 2 has dropped 66 miles to Hugo Boss over the past 24 hours and is now just under 800 miles ahead. Temenos II has made good 358 miles over the last 24 hours, to add to their narrow lead over Mutua Madrileña.... [more]

Need help? . . . . Call your local Pub
By Nancy Knudsen,
Yet another yacht is afloat in the Atlantic after a British yachtsman was rescued, curiously, by calling his local pub to raise the alarm. It raises again the question of whether one should scuttle a yacht when abandoning it, so that it doesn't become a potential hazard for other vessels.... [more]

Golden Gate YC welcomes court decision
By PR,
The Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) said today it is pleased the court order giving effect to the November 27 decision in its favor is expected to be made soon. Justice Herman Cahn of the New York State Supreme Court today heard further arguments on the order... [more]

Danger . . . Men at Work leading Aussie Etchells
By Suellen Hurling,
Mooloolaba Etchells sailors Bucky Smith, Godfrey Smith, Emma O'Rourke and Ryan Ashworth sailing Men at Work are leading the 2008 Audi Etchells Australian Championship after two races on Moreton Bay - Plus some great images from Suellen Hurling... [more]

Blue skies and wind shifts at RS: X Worlds
With a 10-15 knot south westerly coming over the land this morning and a dropping tide, it was already shaping as a tough day at the office for the Race Officials at the 2008 RSX Worlds at Takapuna, Auckland New Zealand.... [more]

Jerome Pels (NED) new ISAF Secretary General
By International Sailing Federation (ISAF),
There is a new face at the helm of the International Sailing Federation's (ISAF) Secretariat, after Jerome Pels (NED) took over as ISAF Secretary General on 1 January 2008.... [more]

More damage on IDEC as Joyon battles to finish
By Event media,
It's a bit hard going - was how his situation was described by Francis Joyon in a few short words without any emotional overtone. IDEC was well and truly shaken around in some very rough seas in a series of squalls during the night by the Trades - The sail went flying everywhere, explained Francis - There was incident after incident, with a broken block, which caused a hole in the deck... [more]

Sail Melbourne Regatta gets underway
By Di Pearson / Gerald New,
The Sail Melbourne Asia Pacific Regatta for the Finn, Tornado, 470, Laser, 2.4mtr and Skud18 classes got underway in south-westerly winds averaging 12 knots for day one. Britain's Ed Wright leads the Finn event, with Ben Ainslie in third. And Britain's no. 1 Laser sailor Paul Goodison is in second place behind Milan Vujasinovic (CRO) in the Laser event.... [more]

Joyon to go aloft again when sea state calms
By Event media,
After spending 48 very difficult hours getting out of the Doldrums, then having to deal with the starboard shroud fixing, Francis Joyon finally managed to take it a bit easier and get some rest, which was certainly something he required. With the trade wind strengthening, it is now the sea state which will make the trimaran's headway tougher... [more]

Ingate at 82, Australia's oldest yachting champion
By Peter Campbell,
The Royal Yacht of Tasmania declared Whim, helmed by Gordon Ingate and crewed by Tasmanians Nick Rogers and Simon Burrows, as the Prince Philip Cup champions. Gordon Ingate, nearing 82 years of age, today became the oldest skipper ever to become an Australian yachting champion.... [more]

New York leads the race to Singapore
By Clipper event media,
Qingdao appear to have found the after burner button to close in on and overtake Jamaica. The crew on Uniquely Singapore, sailing to their home port at the Marina at eppel Bay, have also managed to take miles off their nearest competitors overnight. Still neck and neck are Hull & Humber and with the WA team trying in vain to break away.... [more]

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]

RS:X Worlds Day 2 - Sensini (ITA) extends her lead
RS:X World Championships Takapuna New Zealand 2008 - A Bronze medal in Atlanta in 1996, Gold in Sydney, Bronze in Athens. Will the pattern deliver Gold in Qingdao for 37 year old Italian board sailor Alessandra Sensini?... [more]

Asko Crash images from 18ft Skiff Aust Champs
By Frank Quealey,
The conditions were tough as the fleet took on mounting seas in yesterday's Race 2 of the 18ft Skiff Australian Championship on Sydney Harbour. Images of Asko pitchpoling from Frank Quealey from the Australian 18 Footers League [more]

Paprec-Virbac 2 and Hugo Boss round Cape Horn
By Barcelona World Race media,
Paprec-Virbac 2 was the first around Cape Horn, early on Thursday morning. The race leader left the fabled Cape to port at 06:20 GMT. For Hugo Boss, the Horn passage came overnight (GMT) on Saturday night as they crossed the Cape Horn scoring gate at 01:13 GMT, just over 800 miles behind Paprec-Virbac 2. 'It's a great relief to be around Cape Horn,' Andrew Cape said on Sunday afternoon.... [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
By onEdition,
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]

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
By 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
By 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]

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