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28 Jan 2008

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2007 America's Cup


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2008 Skandia Geelong Week

Clipper 07-08 Round the World Race

2007-08 Barcelona World Race

2008 Sail Melbourne Asia Pacific Regatta

Jules Verne Trophy 2008 attempt


Yacht and Dinghy racing have now become all year round sports, both for competitors and spectators, thanks to cheap flights and the Internet. A string of championships and events on the other side of the world has seen European competitors hopping on flights to take part in events in New Zealand and Australia and now early season events in the USA. It seems the sailing never stops.

And keeping up with these events have been the sailing news websites. No matter where or when the events take place, the web delivers the news and results. has editors preparing local editions in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the UK/Europe and the USA, providing a world-wide reach.

This week has seen the 470 and the Finn classes holding their world championships in Australia. Despite both these classes being Olympic events and Britain being involved at Gold medal level over recent Olympics and championships in these classes, you will search long and hard to find any mention of them in the so-called mainstream press.

Sailing, apart from events such as the America's Cup, is off the radar as far as the traditional media sources are concerned. In the UK a couple of token articles a week is considered sufficient by a daily newspaper and for UK television sailing comprises of just Cowes Week, especially if there are a few broken masts to get over-excited about.

So, read on to find out just how things are going in the Finn Gold Cup, the 470 Worlds, Key West and dozens of other international and national events.

Gerald New
UK Editor

Finn Gold Cup - Ainslie applies the pressure
By Corinne McKenzie,
Series leader Dan Slater of New Zealand is feeling the pressure after two more races sailed Sunday in the Finn Gold Cup. Ben Ainslie is now tied on points with Slater in first place. Jonas Hoegh-Christensen is only five points behind the leader and Pieter-Jan Postma just six points from Slater... [more]

Collision setback for Brits at 470 Worlds
By Jodi Kelly/Clare Murray,
British 470 sailor Elliott Willis taken to hospital for precautionary chest x-rays following a mid-race collision which has potentially cost the British pair, Nic Asher and Elliot Willis, a serious tilt at their second world title at the 470 Men's championships at Mordialloc Sailing Club. Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield (GBR) have taken the overall lead... [more]

Countback to Win Farr 40 - Bob Fisher at Key West
By Bob Fisher for Stagg Yachts,
It could hardly be closer. After eight races Jim Richardson's Barking Mad and Vincenzo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino were tied on points for the Farr 40 event. Each had scored 29 points, but the final race win, his second victory in the 25-strong Farr 40 class, gave the overall victory to the class President, Richardson, over the reigning world champion, Onorato.... [more]

De Koning and Berkhout take lead at 470 Worlds
By Jodi Kelly/Clare Murray,
Dutch world champions Marcelien De Koning and Lobke Berkhout moved into outright first position at the 470 World Championships today following two outstanding victories in 12-22 knot winds... [more]

Skandia at Skandia Geelong Week
Grant Wharington's 98 footer Skandia is the 'big cheese' at Skandia Geelong Week. Sail-World Asia's Guy Nowell was on the water photographing her today... [more]

Revenge for the Ashes -Vectrix Australian SB3 Nats
By Rob Kothe / Lisa Ratcliff/,
The Pommes took a giant step towards revenging their Ashes Cricket drubbing, with Britain's Leigh McMillan and his UK bowman Chris Kerrison carting Australia's Brendan Garner off the race course to take the inaugural Vectrix SB3 Australian National titles at the 2008 Skandia Geelong Week... [more]

Ghostly 'Message in Bottle' from Vanished Schooner
By PerthNow/Sail-World Cruising,
One of the South Pacific's greatest sea mysteries was the disappearance of the Patanela, a 19-metre steel schooner, which vanished without trace while approaching Sydney Harbour in November 1988. Now, just under 20 years later, a ghostly 'message in a bottle' has been found from one of the crew on a beach in the Great Australian Bight by a beachcomber.... [more]

Fedor Konyukhov sets out on Antarctica attempt
By Robert Williams,
Fedor Konyukhov set out from this historic West Australian port to set a solo sailing record around Antarctica.... [more]

Technical hitch forces two stops for Groupama 3
By Cammas-Groupama 3 media,
Last night wasn't very favourable for high speed then, especially as Groupama 3 was suffering from a slight technical hitch, forcing it to stop on two separate occasions. In any case, the giant trimaran is well within the record time set by Orange II since it had a lead of over 90 miles this Saturday lunchtime, even though it's well below its optimum potential due to the light winds reigning for n... [more]

Joe Woods third at Melges 32 - Acura Key West 2008
By Joy Dunigan,
Jeff Ecklund (USA) on 'Star' is the Melges 32 Acura Key West 2008 Champion. Second place went to all-amatuer Kullman/Carroll 'New Wave' team and third was early regatta leader Joe Woods on 'Red' from the UK... [more]

Italians top both Men and Womens 470 Worlds
By Jodi Kelly and Clare Murray,
Italian sailors top the qualifiers in both the Men's and Womens' events at the 470 World Championships in Australia. Lightweight fliers Gabrio Zandona and Andrea Trani lead the men and Guilia Conti and Giovanna Micol the women's event at the end of the qualifying series... [more]

Rudder repairs holding on Hugo Boss
By Alex Thomson,
Our second repair on the rudder is holding up well and we've been lucky that each time it's been damaged we have been in a position to repair it without stopping completely. If we have to fix it again it will be very expensive in terms of miles lost to the leader. It is pretty difficult to forget about as we can hear and feel it throughout the boat, constantly vibrating like a pneumatic drill!... [more]

Leigh McMillan leads Aussie SB3 Nationals
Britain's Olympic Tornado sailor, Leigh McMillan, made a late decision to sail in the Australian Vectrix SB3 Championship in a boat borrowed from the manufacturer. McMillan decided to enter this regatta on Wednesday night. He leads the series after winning three races in the first two days racing... [more]

Images from Skandia Geelong Week Passage Race
Australian yachting photographer Andrea Francolini was in the air for the start of the 351 boat race from Williamstown to Geelong.... [more]

Skandia takes gun in Geelong Passage Race
By Di Pearson,
Grant Wharington and his crew on the 98ft Skandia may not have broken their own record of 1 hour 40 minutes 7 seconds set in 2006, but they were happy to take line honours in the 2008 Skandia Geelong Week Passage Race today when they finished off the host venue, Royal Geelong Yacht Club shortly after 1.00pm... [more]

Dave Ullman wins Acura Key West 2008
By Joy Dunigan,
The last day of racing at ACURA Key West 2008 presented by Nautica brought out the very best in the Melges 24 class. With an astounding on-the-water performance from Dave Ullman on 'Pegasus 505' with tactician Charlie Ogletree and crew of Andy Escort, Pablo Soldano and Brian Hutchinson they hammered out a 1-2-1 finish.... [more]

Groupama 3 off to fast start
By PR,
Having already covered 600 miles in 24 hours in this their first day at sea, Groupama 3 is perfectly inside the time of the Jules Verne Trophy holder, even though the wind has dropped off markedly off Portugal. After a light spell on Friday afternoon, Franck Cammas and his nine crews set off again at over twenty knots towards the Canaries... [more]

Robertson to compete at Miami and Yngling Worlds
By PR,
Double Olympic gold medallist Shirley Robertson, Annie Lush and Lucy Macgregor are currently in Miami getting ready to compete against a top International field at the Rolex Miami OCR Regatta and Yngling World Championships... [more]

Images from Melbourne - 470 Worlds - Day 1
By Christine Hansen,
Christine Hansen presents these images from Day 1 of the World 470 Championships beings sailed in Melbourne... [more]

Finn Gold Cup - Ainslie wins - Slater leads
By Bob Ross / Gerald New,
Another win for Ben Ainslie at the Finn Gold Cup in Melbourne as he closes in on the championship leader, Dan Slater of New Zealand. Ainslie recovered from an 18th in the first race of the day to win the final race, while series leader Slater, had his own problems. after a third in the first race, won by fast improving Chris Cook of Canada, Slater slipped to a 16th... [more]

Brits challenge for lead at Men's 470 Worlds
By Clare Murray /,
The Italian pair of Gabrio Zandona and Andrea Trani continue to lead the Men's 470 World Championship after five races have been completed. Keeping their lead by just one point from a chasing pack that includes, Britain's Nick Asher and Elliot Willis in second and Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield in third place... [more]

Melges 24 day 4 - Favini continues to lead
By Melges PR,
With a total of five races completed at ACURA Key West 2008 presented by Nautica, Flavio Favini helming for Switzerland's Franco Rossini on Blu Moon is still the overall leader. Beyond that, it was a complete shake-up with Alan Field from Los Angeles, California on WTF in second and in third, Benoit Charon from France on [more]

Conti/Micol continue to lead Women's 470 Worlds
By Jodi Kelly,
Guila Conti and Giovanna Micol (ITA) continue to lead but Marcelien De Koning and Lobke Berkhout (NED) are now second. The 470 Women's world champions Koning and Berkhout edged one step closer to a fourth consecutive crown today at the Sail Melbourne event being raced out of Mordialloc SC... [more]

Two race day brings rejoicing at Key West
By Bill Wagner,
The wind gods smiled on Acura Key West 2008, presented by Nautica, delivering excellent racing conditions and bringing much joy to both competitors and organizers. A forecast for building breezes in the afternoon and the Premiere Racing team believed it could conduct at least once race.... [more]

Good start to record attempt for Groupama 3
By Groupama - Franck Cammas media,
In a fine NW'ly breeze of around fifteen knots, under one reef main and staysail, Groupama 3 was making over 25 knots en route towards Cape Finisterre this Thursday morning when she passed in front of Claude Le Breton, the WSSRC representative (World Sailing Speed Record Council).... [more]

Conti and Micol (ITA) lead Women's 470 Worlds
The Italian pair, Giulia Conti and Giovanna Micol have a one point lead in the Women's 470 World Championship in Melbourne at the end of day 1. They won the first race and then took a third place in their second race... [more]

Teri Dodds Pix from Skandia Geelong Week Day One
Geelong yachting photographer Teri Dodds was on the Camera Cat on Port Phillip yesterday for Day One of Skandia Geelong Week. Here is a selection of her images... [more]

Italians lead at 470 Worlds - GBR Asher/Willis 3rd
By Jodi Kelly,
Former 2003 world champions Gabrio Zandona/Andrea Trani got off to a flier in today's shifty conditions, with a first and second placing to lead the points tally with three, just one point ahead of Onan Barreiros/Aaron Sarmiento (ESP) and Nic Asher/Elliot Willis (GBR)... [more]

Paprec-Virbac 2 gains miles on Hugo Boss
By Barcelona World Race media,
Paprec-Virbac 2's great 'Trade Winds escape' continues, and the Franco-Irish duet has gained a whopping 169 miles over the past 24 hours. The situation has radically changed for Temenos II, who yesterday was still storming along under spinnaker - but things nevertheless don't look too bad.... [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]

Ainslie masters tricky conditions in Finn Worlds
By Corinne McKenzie,
Multiple World and Olympic Champion, Ben Ainslie (GBR) made his way through the fleet to cross the line a few meters behind Florian Raudaschl (AUT). The young Austrian who had nurtured a good lead around the course could not match Ainslie speed on the downwind leg.... [more]

America's Cup: Back in Room 232
By John Rousmaniere,
Yesterday, in the latest hearing in the America's Cup case at New York Supreme Court, just a few minutes into the oral arguments, Justice Herman Cahn interrupted Barry Ostrager, the lead lawyer for Societé Nautique de Genéve (SNG), and asked, “Have the two sides had any conversations since our last hearing?”... [more]

Racing cancelled at Acura Key West on day 3
The overnight results stand for today as racing was cancelled around noon at ACURA Key West 2008 presented by Nautica. After more than an hour-and-a-half of waiting and the race committee diligently working to set a course, the breeze failed to show... [more]

Groupama 3 in the starting blocks
By Groupama - Franck,
Franck Cammas and his crew will attempt to circumnavigate the globe (26,100 miles) via the three capes in less than fifty days. Groupama 3 is aiming for an average speed of over 23 knots, which is over 550 miles a day for over a month and a half!... [more]

Hugo Boss' broken rudder, Paprec-Virbac 2 leads
By Barcelona World Race media,
Jean-Pierre and Damian are already working hard on their weather tactics for the feared Inter Tropical Convergence Zone, Alex Thomson and Andrew Cape try to fight their way out of a tricky area. While at the same time having to cope with yet more rudder problems. 'We discovered our rudder is broken again, today we have had to try and sort it out again' said Alex.... [more]

John Pollard GBR 2nd after day 2 at Acura Key West
By Joy Dunigan,
In the overall spot after three races is 2007 Melges 24 European Champion Flavio Favini helming for Switzerland's Franco Rossini on 'Blu Moon'. Seated comfortably in second overall is Great Britain's John Pollard on 'Xcellent' and in third is 2007 Melges 24 World Champion Dave Ullman on 'Pegasus 505'.... [more]

Stockholm final stopover for the Volvo 2008-09
By PR,
The Swedish capital, Stockholm, was today announced as the final stopover for the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 before its finish in the Russian Baltic port of St Petersburg in July 2009. During the stopover, between 16 – 25 June 2009, Stockholm will also host an in-port race as well as a pro-am race in its famous archipelago... [more]

Slater rules day one at Finn Gold Cup
By Corinne McKenzie,
There was no sharing from Dan Slater at the 2008 Finn Gold Cup in Melbourne. The New Zealander won the first two races after patiently tailing the race leader and delivering the final blow on the last downwind leg to the finish. Britain´s Ben Ainslie, chasing a fifth Gold Cup title, recovered from average starts to place eighth overall... [more]

Catch-up at Acura Key West - Day 2
By Bill Wagner,
Action at Acura Key West 2008 was scheduled to begin on Monday, but high winds and heavy seas forced regatta organizers to abandon on all four courses without starting a race. Winds were still strong, but more manageable, on Tuesday – blowing steady between 17-20 knots out of the east. That enabled officials with Premiere Racing to complete three races for all classes... [more]

Mascalzone Latino tops Farr 40 at Key West
By Bob Fisher for Stagg Yachts,
Acura Key West Race Week started a day late for the Farr 40 fleet – thanks to the fierce winds of Monday – but that seemed to raise the level of excitement for the 25-strong Farr 40 class. It certainly provided close racing although the usual suspects were to be found near the front of the fleet... [more]

North West Passage Adventure, but 'It's Warming'
By Mike Kilen, Desmoines Register,
David Thoreson was a member of a sea-weary crew of six, halfway into the 73-day trek on the edges of the Earth, trying to become the first American yacht to travel east to west through the Northwest Passage. Thoreson, surprised by the lack of Arctic ice, knew they had made it.... [more]

Departure imminent for Groupama 3
By Groupama - Franck Cammas media,
Groupama 3 is due to set off on its Jules Verne Trophy attempt from the Créac'h lighthouse off Ushant, late morning on Thursday 24 January. The programme for Franck Cammas and his nine crew: to reach the equator in six days and complete a circumnavigation in less than fifty days... [more]

TeamOrigin lodge AC Challenge with Alinghi
By PR,
In what they term a 'Third Way' TeamOrigin, with the Royal Thames Yacht Club (RTYC), lodged a Deed of Gift (DOG) Challenge with the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) in early January. It called for a Match in 2011 in Valencia to be sailed in AC90 yachts and it outlined their willingness to consider a mutual consent match with a protocol along similar lines to the one signed in July last year... [more]

Record entry for Finn Gold Cup Down Under
By Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
Olympic selection and the prospect of great sailing conditions have attracted an unexpected high number of competitors to the 2008 Finn Gold Cup in Melbourne. The registration closed today at Black Eock Yacht Club after 85 Australians and international sailors have completed their full boat measurement. Flags from 33 countries are flying around the yacht club compound... [more]

Barcelona World Race Roaring towards Cape Horn
By Barcelona World Race,
Educación sin Fronteras is the last boat in the Barcelona World Race fleet remaining in the Southern Ocean, but not for long, as they close in quickly on Cape Horn. Skippers Albert Bargués and Servane Escoffier have been sailing very fast towards the Cape and should pass the famed landmark in about 24 hours.... [more]

Ovington Boats London Boat Show Grand Prix
By Dave Hall and Mark Barnes,
The last weekend of the London Boats Show has now become the traditional time for dinghy sailors to visit and take part. For the third year running Ovington Boats ran the skiff event on the Saturday. This year the 29ers were joined by the B14s and Musto Skiffs... [more]

No racing at Key West on Day 1
By Event media,
All the competitors were quite anxious to get racing underway today, but the wind refused to cooperate for Acura Key West 2008 presented by Nautica. With an impressive turnout of twenty-seven Melges 32s (up seven entries from 2007) this fleet is deep in talent and very excited about perhaps being 'the fleet to watch.' It is also one of the fleet's most celebrated regattas — the 2008 Melges 32 Mid... [more]

Cowes week? Or the Olympics!
By Rudy den Outer,
At this moment sailors in 11 classes from all over the world are working very hard to get selected for the 2008 Olympics in China. For many it is seen as the ultimate regatta to sail. For others it is the stepping stone to a career as professional sailor. In 1928 the situation was somewhat different - The sailing event of the Amsterdam Olympics was organized in only three classes... [more]

RNLI speaks on Coastguard strike threat confusion
By ,
In recent media speculation over the possibility and consequences of strike action by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), there have been several instances where the respective roles of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and HM Coastguard have been confused by the media - This is particularly damaging to the reputation of the RNLI, a charity, whose annual national fund raising da... [more]

French dominate RYA Winter Challenge Match Racing
By PR,
The French dominated round three of the RYA Winter Challenge Match Racing Series last weekend, taking the top two spots as Victor Lanier edged out fellow countryman Christian Ponthieu for a place in the grand final at Queen Mary on 7-9 March. Strong winds and damage being sustained to three boats meant the programme had to be curtailed... [more]

Acura Key West gets underway
By Bill Wagner,
Acura Key West gets underway - News from Key West on day 1 is that it is overcast and windy, current winds have been recorded at 18-21 knots with sea state variable from 2 1/2 -3 feet and some reports of 3-6 feet. The AP flag has been lowered, first gun will not be before 13:00Hhrs (USA) and the Consair 28Rs will not be racing today... [more]

Clipper fleet now in Singapore
By Clipper Event media,
The crews left Nongsa Bay in Batam early to cross the Singapore Straits, the marine equivalent of a six-lane motorway, where 600 cargo ships pass through every day. Before arriving at Marina at Keppel Bay they sailed in formation past Singapore's distinctive skyline with its skyscrapers and “Singapore Eye” big wheel.... [more]

2008 Sail Melbourne Asia Pacific Regatta
Organised at various venues. Classes include 29er, 49er, 470, Laser, RS:X, Finn, etc...
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2007-08 Barcelona World Race
The Barcelona World Race is a new two-handed, non-stop round the world yacht race starting on the 11th November, 2007 [and to be held every four years]....
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Clipper 07-08 Round the World Race
The Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race started in Liverpool (UK), the 16 September 2007...
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2007 America's Cup

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Jules Verne Trophy 2008 attempt

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